What are some lines from "Romeo and Juliet" that relate to the power of love?

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wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Of course, "Romeo and Juliet" is a love story, so there are many lines to choose from. Let's start in act i, scene iv. Romeo is talking to his friends about love's great burden. He says, "I have a soul of lead...too sore enpierced with his shaft.". The conversation continues with an argument about whether love should be burdening or uplifting. Once Romeo and Juliet meet, love begins to take on a dark power. In act ii, scene ii, Romeo says, "my life were better ended by their hate, than death prorogued, wanting of thy love.". In other words, his love for her is so powerful, he would rather die than live without it. The dark power of love continues in act III, scene I, where Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt even though they are sworn enemies because " the reason I have to love thee doth much excuse the appertaining rage at such a greeting." even the friar speaks of this dark power of love when he states that love is "like powder and firer, which as they kiss consume."