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Romeo and Juliet Quotes to Know Acts I & II
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Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
Narrator (exposition) (tells us the entire story)
A crutch, a crutch! Why call for a sword?
Lady Capulet (Capulet) (He is too old to fight)
If ever you disturb our streets again,
Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace.
Prince Escalus (Street fighting) (if they do not stop fighting then they shall die)
Away from the light steals home my heavy son,
And private in his chamber pens himself,
Shuts up his windows, locks far daylight out
And makes himself an artificial night.
Montague (Romeo) (how Romeo is depressed over his love)
See, where he comes: so please you, step aside;
I'll know his grievance, or be much denied.
Benvolio (Romeo) (Benvolio is going to try to talk to Romeo)
She hath forsworn to love, and in that vow
Do I live dead that live to tell it now.
Romeo (Rosaline) (She will never love him)
But saying o'er what I have said before:
My child is yet a stranger in the world;
She hath not seen the change of fourteen years,
Let two more summers wither in their pride,
Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.
Capulet (Juliet) (She is too young to marry)
Younger than she are happy mothers made.
Paris (Juliet) (Many girls are happily married this young)
And too soon marr'd are those so early made.
The earth hath swallow'd all my hopes but she,
She is the hopeful lady of my earth:
But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart,
My will to her consent is but a part;
Capulet (Marriage) (Juliet is his last kid and they need to find the right person)
I'll go along, no such sight to be shown,
But to rejoice in splendor mine own.
Romeo (The party) (He's going to see Rosalyn)
It is an honour I dream not of.
Juliet (Marriage) (She hadn't thought about marrying someone)
Well, think of marriage now; younger than you,
Here in Verona, ladies of esteem,
Are made already mothers: by my count,
I was your mother much upon these years
That you are now a maid. Thus then in brief:
The valiant Paris seeks you for his love.
Lady Capulet (Marriage) (People are even mothers at this age)
A man, young lady! lady, such a man
As all the world-why, he's a man of wax.
Nurse (Prince) (He is a perfect man)
I'll look to like if looking liking move.
But no more deep will i endure mine eye
Than your consent gives strength to fly.
Juliet (Prince) (I can love him if you want)
Go, girl, seek happy nights to happy days.
Nurse (Juliet) (Go marry him you will be happy)
True, I talk of dreams,
Which are the children of an idle brain,
Begot of nothing but vain fantasy.
Mercutio (Dreams) (My dreams are nothing)
O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright.
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear. Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear.
Romeo (Juliet) (She is so beautiful)
What, dares the slave
Come hither, covered with an antic face,
To fleer and scorn at our solemnity?
Now, by the stock and honor of my kin,
To strike him dead I hold it not a sin.
Tybalt (Romeo) (He dares come into our home)
Go ask his name: if he be married.
My grave is like to be my wedding bed.
Juliet (Romeo) (I love him, and I want to marry him)
My only love sprung from my only hate!
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
Prodigious birth of love it is to me,
That I must love my enemy.
Juliet (Romeo) (The person I love is from the family I hate)
He jests at scars that never felt a wound.
Romeo (Mercutio) (He insults my love when he has never loved)
But, soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and dill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief.
That thou her maid art far more fair than she:
Romeo (Juliet) (She is beautiful)
O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be sworn but my love,
And I'll no longer be a Capulet.
Juliet (Names) (Your name doesn't change who you are)
What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
Juliet (Names) (Your name doesn't change who you are)
O gentle Romeo,
If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully.
Juliet (Romeo) (Say you love me)
O, swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon,
That monthly changes in her circled orb,
Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.
Juliet (Love) (the moon is unreliable, love me truly)
If that thy bent of love be honorable,
Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow
By that I'll procure to come to thee,
Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite;
And all my fortunes at thy foot I'll lay
And follow thee my lord throughout the world.
Juliet (Romeo) (Marry me)
Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.
Juliet (Romeo) (I wish you could stay forever)
For nought so vile that on the earth doth live
But to the earth some special good doth give,
Nor aught so good but strain'd from that fair use
Revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse:
Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied;
And vice sometimes by action dignified.
Friar Lawrence (Medicine and Philosophy) (Medicine can be bad and poison can be good)
Be plain good son, and homely in thy drift.
Riddling confession finds but riddling shrift.
Friar Lawrence (Romeo) (Are you sure)
Then plainly know my heart's dear love is set
On the fair daughter of rich Capulet:
As mine on hers, so hers is set on mine;
And all combined, save what thou must combine
By holy marriage: when and where and how
We met, we woo'd and made exchange of vow,
I'll tell thee as we pass; but this I pray,
That thou consent to marry us to-day.
Romeo (Juliet) (She loves me back and I want you to marry us today)
I pray thee, chide not. Her I love now
Doth grace for grace and love for love allow.
The other did not so.
Romeo (Juliet) (The girl I like, likes me back)
But come, young waverer, come, go with me,
In one respect I'll thy assistant be;
For this alliance may so happy prove, To turn your households' rancour to pure love.
Friar Lawrence (Romeo and Juliet's marriage) (I will marry you two to stop the feud)
Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.
Friar Lawrence (Marriage) (If you rush into marriage then you will lose love quickly)
More than prince of cats, I can tell you. O, he is the courageous captain of compliments.
Mercutio (Tybalt) (Mercutio is a tough and skillful duelist)
Thou wast never with me for anything when thou wast not
there for the goose.
Romeo (Mercutio) (He is only there if a good joke is involved)
If ye should lead her into
a fool's paradise, as they say, it were a very gross
kind of behavior, as they say: for the gentlewoman
is young; and, therefore, if you should deal double
with her, truly it were an ill thing to be offered
to any gentlewoman, and very weak dealing.
Nurse (Romeo's proposal) (If you don't mean it then you are a very bad human)
Bid her devise
Some means to come to shrift this afternoon;
And there shall at Friar Laurence' cell
Be shrived and married. Here is for thy pains.
Romeo (Juliet) (Romeo is telling the nurse to tell Juliet to come to Friar Lawrence to be marred)
Then hie you hence to Friar Lawrence's cell;
There stays a husband to make you a wife.
Now comes the wanton blood up in your cheeks.
They'll be in scarlet straight at any news.
Hie you to church. I must another way
To fetch a ladder, by the which your love
Must climb a bird's next soon when it is dark.
Nurse (Romeo) (Romeo is waiting in Friar Lawrence's cell to be marred)
These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which, as they kiss, consume. The sweetest honey
Is loathsome in his own deliciousness
And in the taste confounds the appetite
Therefore love moderately. Long love doth so.
Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow
Friar Lawrence (love slowly) (if they don't moderate their love then it will soon run out)
Come, Come with me, and we will make short work.
For, by your leaves, you shall not stay alone
Till holy church incorporate two in one.
Friar Lawrence (don't be apart) (they want them to retain their purity till after the wedding)
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