Quotations from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet - 1870 oil painting by Ford Madox Brown. Public Domain

Romeo and Juliet, one of Shakespeare's iconic tragedies, is a play about star-crossed lovers. It is one of the most famous works by William Shakespeare, consistently taught and staged at the high school and higher levels.

As their families feud to the death, the two young lovers are caught between divergent and volatilely disparate worlds. Fights, witty lines, secret marriages, and untimely deaths--the play is unforgettable!

Here are a some of the most significant and memorable lines from this beloved late-Sixteenth Century play. 

  • "What sadness lengthens Romeo's hours? / Not having that, which, having, makes them short. /In love? / Out -- / Of love? Out of her favor, where I am in love." -William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet 1.1

 

  • "One fairer than my love? The all-seeing sun
    Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun."
    - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 1.2
     
  • "For you and I are past our dancing days"
    - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 1.5
     
  • "O! she doth teach the torches to burn bright"
    - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 1.5
     
  • "Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!/ For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night."
    - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 1.5
     
  • "It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear"
    - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 1.5
     
  • "O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
    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."
    - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 2.2
     
  • "It is the east, and Juliet is the sun"
    - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 2.2
     
  • "Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow."
    - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 2.2
     
  • "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet"
    - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 2.2
     
  • "See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
    O that I were a glove upon that hand,
    that I might touch that cheek!"
    - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 2.2
     
  • "Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast"
    - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 2.3
     
  • "These violent delights have violent ends
    And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
    Which as they kiss consume."
    - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 2.3
     
  • "A plague o' both your houses!"
    - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 3.1
     
  • "This day's black fate on more days doth depend:
    This but begins the woe others must end."
    - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 3.1
     
  • "Romeo is banished,
    There is no end, no limit, measure, bound,
    In that word's death. No words can that woe sound."
    - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 3.2
     
  • "Tis torture, and not mercy. Heaven is here
    Where Juliet lives, and every cat and dog
    And little mouse, every unworthy thing,
    Live here in heaven and may look on her,
    But Romeo may not."
    - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 3.3
     
  • "Methinks I see thee, now thou art so low,
    As one dead in the bottom of a tomb."
    - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 3.5

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