What does this quote illustrate? "These violent delights have violent ends / And in their triumph die, like fire and powder /  Which as they kiss consume. The sweetest honey is loathsome in his own...

What does this quote illustrate? "These violent delights have violent ends / And in their triumph die, like fire and powder /  Which as they kiss consume. The sweetest honey is loathsome in his own deliciousness / and in the taste confounds the appetite. Therefore love moderately. Long love doth so. Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow."

Quick Answer

Even though Friar Laurence has agreed to marry Romeo and Juliet, he thinks it is necessary to give some advice first. The Friar explains that love begins wildly and passionately, but its initial vigor fades. He says this can be overcome and a strong relationship can be built by loving moderately and patiently. Laurence uses imagery such as fire, gun powder, and honey as ways to illustrate varying characterizations of love.


Expert Answers info

Laurine Herzog eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2019

write1,120 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Science

These lines are spoken by Friar Laurence to Romeo, in act 2, scene 6, just before Romeo and Juliet get married. Friar Laurence is warning Romeo not to be too rash, reckless, or extreme in the way that he loves Juliet.

(The entire section contains 4 answers and 887 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Harrison Murray, M.A. eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseTeacher (K-12)

bookM.A. from Clemson University


calendarEducator since 2019

write1,182 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

mwestwood eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2006

write16,149 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

holfie eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2012

write174 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and Science

check Approved by eNotes Editorial