What is a quote from Romeo and Juliet describing Juliet's loyalty to Romeo?

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In Act Three, Scene 5, Juliet once again demonstrates her loyalty to Romeo by cursing the Nurse, refusing to disclose any personal feelings to the woman who raised her, and mentioning that if everything fails she is willing to kill herself. After Romeo leaves Juliet's bedroom, she demonstrates her loyalty to her new husband by rejecting her parents' advice and refusing to marry Paris. After Juliet's father curses his daughter and exits the scene, Juliet seeks solace by speaking to the Nurse. However, the Nurse tells Juliet that she believes Juliet should marry Paris and forget about Romeo. The Nurse proceeds to call Romeo a "dishclout" and disrespects him in front of Juliet. Even though Juliet is extremely upset with the Nurse, she remains composed and tells her that she will go to Friar Lawrence’s cell to confess her sins and be forgiven. As soon as the Nurse leaves the scene, Juliet says,

Ancient damnation! O most wicked fiend! Is it more sin to wish me thus forsworn, Or to dispraise my lord with that same tongue Which she hath praised him with above compare So many thousand times? Go, counselor. Thou and my bosom henceforth shall be twain. I’ll to the friar to know his remedy. If all else fail, myself have power to die. (Shakespeare, 3.5.236-243)

Juliet proves her loyalty to Romeo by not only going against her family's wishes but also dismissing one of her closest allies after the Nurse offers her negative opinion of Romeo. Juliet mentions that she will never tell the Nurse how she truly feels again and is willing to commit suicide if Friar Lawrence cannot come up with a solution.

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There's ample evidence of Juliet's loyalty to Romeo, but the scene that strikes most at my own heart is the one in which Juliet discovers Romeo killed her cousin, Tybalt, but she decides to continue to love Romeo anyway.

This part of the story occurs in Act Three, Scene Two, and I believe it to be one of the most dimensional and realistic aspects of the narrative. Here, Juliet is dealing with both the death of a family member (one committed at the hand of another loved one) and the banishing of her husband. She must weigh these two acts and their contradictory nature; she must decide how to properly grieve Tybalt's death AND Romeo's exile without diminishing one or the other while acknowledging these events are inseparably linked. 

Juliet's Nurse reacts to this news very judgmentally, crying out that, "There's no trust, / No faith, no honesty in men." She then wishes that "Shame come to Romeo!" Juliet reacts immediately to this curse, stating,

Blistered be thy tongue

For such a wish! He was not born to shame.

Upon his brow shame is ashamed to sit,

For 'tis a throne where honor may be crowned.

Sole monarch of the universal earth.

Juliet is asserting her total loyalty here by scolding the Nurse for placing blame on Romeo. She reaffirms her belief that, despite what happened, Romeo is still a honorable husband. This quote makes it evident Juliet is prepared to stand by Romeo. 

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