Twelfth Night – Desire and Love Quotes

If music be the food of love, play on/ Give me excess of it… that surfeiting/ The appetite may sicken and so die – Orsino
So full of shapes is fancy/… That it alone is high fantastical – Orsino
Many a good hanging… prevents a bad marriage – Feste
Lady, you are the cruell’st she alive/ If you will lead these graces… to the grave/ And leave the world no copy – Viola
Make me a willow cabin at your gate […] write loyal cantons of contemned love… and sing them loud even in the dead of night, Hallow your name to the reverberate hills (Viola)
What is love? Tis not hereafter/ Present mirth hath present laughter/ What’s to come is still unsure… In delay there lies no plenty/ Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty/ Youth’s a stuff will not endure – Feste
Let still the woman… take an elder than herself – Orsino
For, boy, however do we praise ourselves/ Our fancies are more giddy and unfirm… More longing, wavering, sooner lost and worn/ Than women’s are – Orsino
Now the melancholy god protect thee, and the tailor make… Thy doublet of changeable taffeta, for thy mind is a very opal – Feste
Yet a barful strife! Who’er I woo, myself would be his wife! – Viola
She sat like Patience on a monument… Smiling at grief – Viola
for whose dear love/ they say… she hath abjured the sight of men
I have unclasped to thee… the book even of my secret soul
Diana’s lip is not more smooth and rubious… thy small pipe is as the maiden’s organ, shrill and sound, and all is semblative a woman’s part (Orsino)
Poor lady… she were better love a dream (Viola)
How easy it is for the proper-false… in women’s waxen hearts to set their forms (Viola)
She’s a beagle, true bred… and one that adores me (T about Maria)
For such as I am, all true lovers are, Unstaid and skittish in all motions else, Save in the constant image of the creature that is beloved (Orsino)
There is no woman’s sides can bide the beating of so strong a passion as love doth give my heart… no woman’s heart so big, to hold so much. They lack retention (Orsino)
O what a deal of scorn looks beautiful… in the contempt and anger of his lip (Olivia)
I have said too much… unto a heart of stone (Olivia)
His life I gave him, and did thereto add my love without retention or restraint all in his dedication… For his sake, I did expose myself, pure for his love, into the danger of this adverse town (Antonio about Seb)
I’ll sacrifice the lamb that I do love… to spite a raven’s heart within a dove (kill Viola to get back at Olivia)
O, when mine eyes did see Olivia first,Methought she purged the air of pestilence. That instant was I turned into a hart,And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds,E’er since pursue me. (Orsino)
O, she that hath a heart of that fine frameTo pay this debt of love but to a brother, How will she love when the rich golden shaftHath killed the flock of all affections elseThat live in her (Orsino)
Even so quickly may one catch the plague? (Olivia)
I could not stay behind you. My desire, More sharp than filèd steel, did spur me forth; (Antonio)
Cesario, come,For so you shall be while you are a man. But when in other habits you are seen,Orsino’s mistress, and his fancy’s queen. (Orsino)
Maria writThe letter at Sir Toby’s great importance, In recompense whereof he hath married her. (Fabian)
Where like Arion on the dolphin’s back I saw him hold acquaintance with the waves (Captain)
for whose dear love they say she hath abjured the sight and company of men (Captain)
He hath known you but three days and already you are no stranger (Valentine)
‘Tis poetical’ (Cesario) It is the more like to be feigned; I pray you keep it in (Olivia)
If you be not mad, be gone if you have reason, be brief (Olivia)
The rudeness that hath appeared in me I learned from my entertainment (Viola about Orsino)
You are now out of your text, but we will draw the curtain and show you the picture (unveiling) (Olivia)
I do not know what, and fear to find Mine eye too great a flatterer for my mind (Olivia)
If you will not murder me for my love let me be your servant (Antonio)
I have many enemies in Orsino’s court, Else would I very shortly see thee there. But come what may, I do adore thee so, That danger shall seem sport, and I will go’ (Antonio)
I left no ring with her: what means this lady? Fortune forbid my outside have not charmed her! (Viola)
Methought, her eyes had lost her tongue, For she did speak in starts, distractedly (Viola)
Poor lady, she were better love a dream (Viola)
What kind of woman is’t? (Orsino) Of your complexion (Viola)
For women are roses, whose fair flower, Being once displayed, doth fall that very hour (Orsino)
Make no compare between that love a woman can bear me and that I owe Olivia (Orsino)
In faith, they (women) are as true of heart as we (Viola)
We men may say more, swear more, but indeed our shows are more than will: for still we prove much in our vows, but little in our love (Viola)
How now, my metal of India? (Toby)
I could marry this wench for this device […] and ask no other dowry with her but such another jest (Toby)
I would play Lord Pandarus of Phrygia, sir to bring a Cressida to this Troilus (Feste)
For him, I think not on him, for his thoughts Would they were blanks, rather than filled with me! (Olivia about Orsino)
I bade you never speak again of him; But would you take another suit I had rather hear you to solicit that, Than music from the spheres (Olivia to Cesario)
Have you not set mine honour at the stake, And baited it with all h’unmuzzled thoughts That tyrannous heart can think? (Olivia)
Enough is shown: a cypress, not a bosom, Hides my heart (Olivia)
I pity you ( Viola) That’s a degree to love (Olivia)
O world, how apt the poor are to be proud! If one should be a prey, how much the better to fall before the lion than the wolf (Olivia)
I prithee tell me what thou think’st of me. (O) – That you do not think you are not what you are (V) If I think so, I think the same of you. (O) – Then think you right: I am not what I am (V)
Love’s night is noon. (Olivia)
I love thee so that, maugre all thy pride, Nor wit nor reason can my passion hide (Olivia)
Love sought is good, but giv’n unsought is better (Olivia)
I have one heart, one bosom, and one truth. And that no woman has; Nor never none, Shall mistress be of it, save I alone (Viola)
Yet come again: for thou perhaps mayst move That heart which now abhors to like his love (Olivia)
Marry, I saw your niece do more favours to the count’s servingman than she ever bestowed upon me. (Andrew)
She did show favour to the youth in your sight only to exasperate you to awake your dormouse valour, to put fire in your heart and brimstone in your liver (Fabian)
You are now sailed into the north of my lady’s opinion and where you will hang like an icicle on a Dutchman’s beard (Fabian)
My desire, More sharp than filed steel did spur me forth; and not all love to see you (Antonio)
Haply you eye shall light upon some toy You have desire to purchase (Antonio)
If this young gentleman have done offence, I take the fault on me; If you offend him, I for him defy you […] One sir, that for his love dares yet do more than you have heard him brag to you he will (Antonio for Cesario)
This youth that you see here, I snatched one half out the jaws of death, Relieved him with such sanctity of love; And to his image, which methought did promise most venerable worth, did I devotion (Antonio)
Virtue is beauty, but the beauteous-evil Are empty trunks o’er flourished by the devil (Antonio)
Beshrew his soul for me, He started one poor heart of mine, in thee (Olivia)
Let fancy still my sense in Lethe steep If it be thus to dream, still let me sleep! (See)
And underneath that consecrated roof Plight me the full assurance of your faith (Olivia)
Then lead the way, good father, and heavens so shine, That they may fairly note this act of mine! (Olivia)
No interim, not a minute’s vacancy, Both day and night did we keep company (Antonio)
After him I love, More than I love these eyes, more than my life (Viola)
Alas, it is the baseness of thy fear That makes thee strangle thy propriety. Fear not, Cesario take thy fortunes up; Be that thou know’st thou art, and then thou art as great as thou fear’st (Olivia)
A contract of eternal bond of love, Confirmed by mutual joinder of your hands, […] Since when, my watch hath told me, toward my grave I have travelled but two hours (Priest)
You throw a strange regard upon me, and by that I do perceive it hath offended you. Pardon me, sweet one, even for the vows We made each other but so late ago (Seb)
O my dear Antonio, How have the hours racked and tortured me, Since I have lost thee! (See)
Were you a woman – as the rest goes even I should let my tears fall upon your cheek, And say, ‘Thrice welcome, drowned Viola’ (Seb)
If this be so – as yet the glass seems true – I shall have share in this most happy wreck. Boy, thou hast said to me a thousand times Thou never shouldst love a woman like to me (Orsino)
And all those swearing keep as true in soul As doth that orbed continent the fire That severs day from night (Viola)

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