"Much Ado About Nothing"

Great Quotes from "Much Ado About Nothing"

The Public Theater's Opening Night Of 'Much Ado About Nothing' at Delacorte Theater. Getty / John Lamparski / Contributor

Much Ado About Nothing is a play of comic capers with a touch of romance. The romantic interludes between the main characters of the play, Claudio and Hero, are offset by the love-hate relationship between the other pair, Beatrice and Benedick. Claudio and Hero struggle for their union, while Beatrice and Benedick get into intellectual brawls. Here's a collection of quick-witted quotes from one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies.

Act One

Scene One

  • He is of a very melancholy disposition.
  • He wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat.
  • Shall I never see a bachelor of threescore again?
  • Benedick the married man.
  • A very valiant trencher-man.

Act Two

Scene One

  • He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man.
  • Silence is the perfectest herald of joy: I were but little happy, if I could say how much.
  • What, my dear Lady Disdain! Are you yet living?
  • I have a good eye, uncle; I can see a church by day-light.
  • As merry as the day is long.

Scene Three

  • Lie ten nights awake, carving the fashion of a new doublet. He was wont to speak plain and to the purpose.
  • Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
    Men were deceivers ever,
    One foot in sea and one on shore,
    To one thing constant never.
  • Sits the wind in that corner?

Act Three

Scene Two

  • Every one can master a grief but he that has it.
  • From the crown of his head to the sole of his foot, he is all mirth.

    Scene Three

    • I thank God I am as honest as any man living that is an old man and no honester than I.
    • To be a well-favoured man is the gift of fortune; but to write and read comes by nature.
    • If they make you not then the better answer, you may say they are not the men you took them for.
    • You shall comprehend all vagrom men.
    • The most peaceable way for you if you do take a thief, is to let him show himself what he is and steal out of your company.
    • Shall quips and sentences and these paper bullets of the brain awe a man from the career of his humour? No, the world must be peopled. When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.
    • I know that Deformed.
    • Are you good men and true?

    Scene Five

    • A good old man, sir; he will be talking: as they say, When the age is in the wit is out.
    • If I were as tedious as a king, I could find it in my heart to bestow it all of your worship.

    Act Four

    Scene One

    • O, what authority and show of truth / Can cunning sin cover itself withal!
    • O, what men dare do! what men may do! what men daily do, not knowing what they do!

    Scene Two

    • A fellow that hath had losses, and one that hath two gowns and every thing handsome about him.
    • Flat burglary as ever was committed.
    • Condemned into everlasting redemption.
    • O, that he were here to write me down an ass!
    • Masters, it is proved already that you are little better than false knaves; and it will go near to be thought so shortly.
    • The eftest way.

    Act Five

    Scene One

    • Men can counsel and speak comfort to that grief / Which they themselves not feel.
    • Charm ache with air, and agony with words.
    • He hath indeed better bettered expectation.
    • For there was never yet philosopher / That could endure the toothache patiently.
    • Patch grief with proverbs.

    Scene Two

    • I was not born under a rhyming planet.

    Scene Three

    • Done to death by slanderous tongues.