romeo and juliet quotes- meanings

“If you ever disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace.” The Prince warns that they will be put to death if any more fights occur.
“O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!” Romeo says this to himself about Juliet. Her beauty takes him aback and this quote means that she is brighter than torches.
“O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do!” Romeo makes a comparison of his lips to pilgrims who have traveled to a holy shrine. Just saying that he wants to kiss Juliet.
“Is she a Capulet?O, dear account! My life is my foe’s debt.” Romeo says that his life belongs to his enemy because Juliet is a Capulet.
“My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late!” Juliet is saying that she fell in love with Romeo before she learned who he was.
“But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?It is the East, and Juliet is the sun!” Romeo sees Juliet at the balcony. For a moment he is speechless, but then he describes her beauty in glowing images.
“See how she leans her cheek upon her hand!O that I were a glove upon that hand,That I might touch her cheek!” Romeo wishes that he could touch Juliet’s cheek.
“Deny thy father and refuse thy name!Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.” Juliet is saying that she will go against her father and marry Romeo so she will no longer be a Capulet.
“What’s in a name? That which we call a roseBy any other name would smell as sweet.” Juliet tries to convince herself that a name is just a meaningless word that has nothing to do with the person.
O, swear not by “the moon, the inconstant moon,That monthly changes in her circled orb,Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.” Juliet is telling Romeo not to swear by the moon.
“Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow.” Juliet is saying that it is sad to part from Romeo but it is good that she will see him tomorrow.
“Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man.” Mercutio says this while he is dying. It means that if someone is looking or him tomorrow, he will be dead.
“And for that offence Immediately we do exile him hence.” The Prince says that he is banishing Romeo from Verona.
“Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.” Romeo says this when he is about to drink the poison. He is saying that the drugs are so quick, even if he presses his lips to the container he will die.
“O happy dagger! This is thy sheath; there rest, and let me die.” Juliet is happy that she found the dagger and says that it is what will kill her.
“A glooming peace this morning with it brings…For never was a story of more woeThan this of Juliet and her Romeo.” The Prince says that today will have a peaceful morning and there will be no other story that has more woe than the story of Romeo and Juliet.

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