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In which play by Shakespeare can I find this quote, "When I saw you I fell in love, and...

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paulalalove | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 1, 2010 at 5:27 AM via web

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In which play by Shakespeare can I find this quote, "When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew"?.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 1, 2010 at 5:45 AM (Answer #1)

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There is no way that this quote is from any Shakespeare play.  Among other things, it sounds nothing like the kind of language that is used in the plays Shakespeare wrote.

I Googled it, and one place said it's from Romeo and Juliet.  But it definitely is not.  Another said it was from Hamlet.  It's not in there either.

The answer below says this comes from Hamlet Act II, Scene 2.  But it does not.  You can follow the link below, use the "find" function and type in "smile."  The word "smile" never appears in the text.

Finally, some results say it was written by someone called Arrigo Boito who wrote librettos for operas.

At any rate, there's no way this quote is an actual quote from Shakespeare.  He wrote stuff like "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day" and "But soft, what light through yonder window breaks" -- hardly even the same language as the quote you give.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted January 1, 2010 at 7:00 AM (Answer #2)

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 "When I saw you I fell in love. And you smiled because you knew."
Arrigo Boito

I checked on several major quote sights and this is the author of the quote.  I have to agree with pohnpei that the language of the quote is inconsistent with Shakespearean verse.  The style is all wrong and it lacks emphasis and the quality of Shakespeare’s writing.

 Arrigo Boito was a famous poet, writer, and even wrote some very famous operas.

"When I saw you I fell in love. And you smiled because you knew."
Arrigo Boito

His quote has often been used in commercialism like poets before him.  This particular quote I just happened to have on a small picture of a flower that my husband gave me years ago.  Guess what.  It is listed on the picture not as being by Shakespeare, but as being by Boito.

 

 

 

 

 

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slhull6 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 19, 2014 at 3:31 PM (Answer #5)

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This is a quote that is commonly credited to Shakespeare, but that is wrong. He never wrote this.

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cassiefabray | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 14, 2012 at 12:46 PM (Answer #4)

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I find answers from users in the internet always so useless, most of the time they are so laughably wrong its horrifying. The Quote is from Hamlet, and I'm not sure, but it should be the second act.

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