What are some quotes portraying Romeo as impulsive and immature in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?  

One quote portraying Romeo as impulsive and immature in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is when he says, "Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee tonight. / Let’s see for means. O mischief, thou art swift / To enter in the thoughts of desperate men!" In this quote, Romeo is quick to resort to suicide when he hears that Juliet is dead.

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As he waits to marry Juliet, Romeo is jumping out of his skin with impatience for her to arrive, despite having met her fewer than 24 hours before. Friar Laurence chides him and tells him he will burn his love out far too quickly if he doesn't learn to calm down:

These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
...
Therefore love moderately; long love doth so;
Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.

Friar Laurence advises Romeo to control his impulses or his love will end badly—an accurate foreshadowing of what is to come.

When the banished Romeo learns the false news that Juliet is dead, he never stops to question the truth of it but immediately and impulsively leaps into a plan to buy poison so he can commit suicide. He says, without a second thought:

Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee tonight.
Let’s see for means. O mischief, thou art swift
To enter in the thoughts of desperate men!
When he find the impoverished apothecary who he knows needs the money and...

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