Friar Lawrence Quotes

What are some famous quotes from Friar Lawrence that deal with morality, violence, prejudice, or punishment?

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ladyvols1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Your essay is an interesting concept.  Atticus, in my opinion, is one of the most honest and wise characters in literature;  Friar Lawrence, not so much.  I feel that the Friar really made a mistake by marrying Romeo and Juliet to begin with.  Putting that aside here are some quotes which relate to the concepts you said you were comparing and contrasting between the two characters.

“Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast”

“In people as well as plants, good and evil lie. But if the evil is more, the plant will die.”

“If aught in this                                    
Miscarried by my fault, let my old life
Be sacrific'd, some hour before his time,
Unto the rigour of severest law”

Many other quotes can be found at the links below.  I hope this is helpful to you.



mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Two famous ones of Friar Lawrence:

For naught so vile that on the earth doth live,/But to the earth some special good doth give/Nor aught so good but, strained from that fair use,/Revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse./Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied,/And vice sometime's by action dignified. (II,iii,11-16)

These violent delights have violent ends,/And in their triumph die, like fire and powder/Which as they kiss consume....Therefore love moderately, long love doth so,/Too swift arrives, as tardy as too slow. (II,vi,09-15)

vampiresrock77 | Student

a good quote from Friar Lawrence is "These violent delights have violent ends and in their triumph die, fire and powder, which they kiss, comsume." (Act 2, Scene 6, lines 9-11) In this line, Friar Lawrence is trying to warn Romeo of what may come with his marrage. Romeo does no listen, so the wedding causes a chain reaction. Good luck on your essay!


bivalvan | Student

I'm from Australia and I found this quite useful. I did a dramatic monologue for English and I had to talk about what I, (Frair Lawrence) had learnt about my life back then and what I did to add-on to the death causing of Romeo and Juliet. I got a 18.5 out of 20 for it. Thank you.


N.P. Teachers, feel free to use this an assignment idea for your grade.

romeoandjuillet | Student

“So smile the heavens upon this holy act that after-hours with sorrow chide us not.” (Shakespeare, 3, 1)



“Your part in her you could not keep from death, but heaven keeps his part in eternal life.” (Shakespeare, 4, 5)


I do spy a kind of hope, which craves as desperate an execution” (Shakespeare, 4, 1)