What are your favorite quotes from Romeo and Juliet?
Mine is this passage:
The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars,
As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night
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Romeo, on first sight:
Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight!
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.
My favorite quote occurs in Act I, Scene 5 when the two young lovers meet at the Capulet party. The first fourteen lines are filled with religious meanings and undertones where Juliet is the saint, and Romeo is the pilgrim. I especially like how Romeo manages to get his first kiss from Juliet:
Then move not while my prayer's effect I take.
Thus from my lips, by thine my sin is purg'd.
This scene shows the innocence of young love, but it also shows some pretty smooth moves by Romeo and Juliet.
I like this one:
Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow. (2.6)
Here's one of many. This is Romeo speaking to Mercutio.
Is love a tender thing? it is too rough,
Too rude, too boisterous; and it pricks like thorn. (I, iv)
For "swooning" romantic value, you just can't beat
See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!Romeo and Juliet. ACT II Scene 2.
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