Romeo and Juliet Quotes

Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs;Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears.What is it else? A madness most discreet,A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.Farewell, my coz. Who: RomeoWhen: A conversation between Romeo and Benvolio during the first scene of Act I. It was after a fight. Why: Romeo was replying to Benvolio’s inquiry about why he was upset. Romeo’s parents wished for Benvolio to do this.Meaning: Love can both be bitter and sweet. It can bring happiness as well as pain.
Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word,By thee, old Capulet, and Montague,Have thrice disturbed the quiet of our streetsAnd made Verona’s ancient citizensCast by their grave-beseeming ornaments,To wield old partisans in hands as old,Cankered with peace, to part your cankered hate.If ever you disturb our streets again,Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace. Who: PrinceWhen: After a fight occurred between the Montagues and Capulets in the streets in the first scene of Act I.Why: The Montagues and Capulets have fought in the streets three times and caused a disturbance for the citizens of Verona. Meaning: If they ever fight again they will pay for it with their lives.
My will to her consent is but a part.An she agreed within her scope of choice,Lies my consent and fair according voice. Who: Lord CapuletWhen: A conversation between Lord Capulet and Paris on a street during scene two of Act I. Why: Paris is wishing to marry Juliet but Lord Capulet believes that she is too young still. Meaning: His permission is only part of her decision. If she agrees to marry Paris, then his blessing and fair words will confirm her choice.
I fear too early, for my mind misgivesSome consequence yet hanging in the starsShall bitterly begin his fearful dateWith this night’s revels, and expire the termOf a despisèd life closed in my breastBy some vile forfeit of untimely death.But he that hath the steerage of my course,Direct my sail. On, lusty gentlemen. Who: RomeoWhen: They are on their way to crash the Capulet’s party.Why: Benvolio is saying that they will get there too late but Romeo is is almost glad that they will. Meaning: He dreamed that if he goes to the party he will die early.
Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night. Who: RomeoWhen: At the Capulet’s party.Why: Romeo saw Juliet for the first time.Meaning: He had never seen anyone before that was so beautiful as Juliet, and that the love that he had thought he had felt before really was not love after all.
My only love, sprung from my only hate! Who: JulietWhen: At the Capulet’s party after she had met Romeo and the Nurse was telling her more about him.Why: The nurse just revealed to him that Romeo was a Montague, which was supposed to be Juliet’s enemy.Meaning: Romeo is the only love that she has ever had but he is the son of the only man that she has ever hated.
But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. Who: RomeoWhen: In the Capulet’s orchard after the party by Juliet’s window. Why: Juliet had just appeared in her window.Meaning: She is the sun of his life
O, be some other name!What’s in a name? That which we call a roseBy any other word would smell as sweet.So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called,Retain that dear perfection which he owesWithout that title. Romeo, doff thy name,And for that name, which is no part of theeTake all myself. Who: JulietWhen: After the Capulet’s party. Romeo is standing below and Juliet on her balcony.Why: She is realizing that she loves Romeo but Romeo is supposed to be her enemy.Meaning: She wishes that they could get rid of their names.
O, swear not by the moon, th’ inconstant moon,That monthly changes in her circle orb,Lest that thy love prove likewise variable. Who: JulietWhen: She is on her balcony after the Capulet’s party with Romeo standing below.Why: Romeo is swearing by the moon that he loves her.Meaning: She does not wish for Romeo to swear by the moon because it is inconstant.
Well, do not swear. Although I joy in thee,I have no joy of this contract tonight.It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden,Too like the lightning, which doth cease to beEre one can say “It lightens.” Who: JulietWhen: The balcony sceneWhy: She is having second thoughtsMeaning: She is thinks that she is rushing and being too forward.
A thousand times goodnight! Who: JulietWhen: The balcony scene Why: Romeo was leavingMeaning: She wishes to say a thousand more goodnights to him.
Nor aught so good but, strained from that fair useRevolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse.Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied,And vice sometime by action dignified.Within the infant rind of this small flowerPoison hath residence and medicine power.For this, being smelt, with that part cheers each part;Being tasted, stays all senses with the heart.Two such opposèd kings encamp them still,In man as well as herbs—grace and rude will. Who: FriarWhen: In his cell Why: He is contemplating about what he needs to do. Meaning: This is foreshadowing what is about to happen. Sometime you do the wrong thing for the right reasons.
I do protest I never injured thee,But love thee better than thou canst devise,Till thou shalt know the reason of my love.And so, good Capulet—which name I tenderAs dearly as my own—be satisfied. Who: RomeoWhen: They are at a public place during the day. It is after Tybalt has challenged Romeo to a fight.Why: Romeo knows that they are about to fight and is trying to prevent it.Meaning: Romeo loves the name Capulet and he is trying to prevent the fight because he is now married to Juliet so therefore him and Tybalt are family.
I am hurt. A plague a both houses! I am sped. Who: MercutioWhen: After the fight with TybaltWhy: Romeo had interfered with the fight in an attempt to help and Tybalt stabbed MercutioMeaning: They are both responsible for him being injured.
O, I am fortune’s fool! Who: RomeoWhen: After both Mercutio and Tybalt had died as a result of the fightWhy: Romeo had just slayed Tybalt because Tybalt had killed MercutioMeaning: He is saying it was fate that caused this to happen and it was not his fault.
Shall I speak ill of him that is my husband?Ah, poor my lord, what tongue shall smooth thy name,When I, thy three hours’ wife, have mangled it?But wherefore, villain, didst thou kill my cousin?That villain cousin would have killed my husband. Who: JulietWhen: She had just learned the news of Tybalt’s death and that it was Romeo who had killed him.Why: The nurse is asking why she would say good things about the man who killed her cousinMeaning: This is Juliet’s quandary. Whether she should speak bad about her husband who killed her cousin or forgive him because her cousin would have killed her husband.
I’ll to my wedding bed; And death, not Romeo, take my maidenhead! Who: JulietWhen: She was just learning that Romeo had been banishedWhy: The nurse was asking if she wished to go and join them as they cried over Tybalts corpse. Meaning: She’ll die if Romeo dies
Thy Julies is alive,For whose dear sake thou wast but lately dead Who: FriarWhen: At the Friar’s cell. The nurse comes looking for Romeo.Why: Romeo is very upset about being banished and would rather be dead.Meaning:The Friar is telling Romeo to be happy that Juliet is alive and that it was for her that he was almost killed earlier for.
Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day.It was the nightingale, and not the lark, Who: JulietWhen: It was the morning after her and Romeo’s wedding nightWhy: They had just awoken Meaning: It is not morning yet, you don’t have to leave yet
O God, I have an ill-divining soul.Methinks I see thee now, thou art so lowAs one dead in the bottom of a tomb.Either my eyesight fails, or thou look’st pale. Who: JulietWhen: The morning after her and Romeo’s wedding night Why: Romeo was climbing down and she did not know when they would see each other againMeaning: She says she sees him dead at the bottom of the tomb.
I dreamt my lady came and found me dead—Strange dream, that gives a dead man leave to think—And breathed such life with kisses in my lipsThat I revived and was an emperor. Who: RomeoWhen: Right before Romeo finds out about Juliet’s deathWhy: He has another dreamMeaning: In his dream Juliet finds him dead
There is thy gold, worse poison to men’s souls,Doing more murder in this loathsome world,Than these poor compounds that thou mayst not sell. Who: RomeoWhen: Romeo was seeking a poison from the ApothecaryWhy: He has learned of Juliet’s death and could not live without herMeaning: There is more evil in money than in poison.
But chiefly to take thence from her dead fingerA precious ring, a ring that I must useIn dear employment. Who: RomeoWhen: Romeo had entered the Capulet tomb to see Juliet once more and then kill himselfWhy: Paris was also thereMeaning: It was Romeo’s excuse for going into the Capulet monument
For never was a story of more woeThan this of Juliet and her Romeo. Who: PrinceWhen: After the Capulets and Montagues made peace Why: This happened because of the death of their childrenMeaning: There was never a story more full of pain than the story of Romeo and Juliet.

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