Much Ado About Nothing - Some Key Quotes - Love Through the Ages

I just re-read Shakespeare's 'Much Ado about Nothing' as part of my A2 revision and jotted down some useful quotes for the 'love through the ages' syllabus. May also be useful for GCSE and other. 

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Much Ado about Nothing ­ Key Quotes
"My dear Lady Disdain!"
(Benedick to Beatrice)
"I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me."
(Beatrice's views on marriage)
"Can the world buy such a jewel?"
(Claudio on Hero)
"He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a
man and he that is more than a youth is not for me and he that is less than a man I
am not for him."
(Beatrice on the impossibility of finding the perfect man)
"Why, he is the Prince's jester."
(Beatrice on Benedick)
"She speaks poniards, and every word stabs."
(Benedick cares what Beatrice thinks of him)
"he lent it me awhile, and I gave him use for it, a double heart for his single one.
Marry, once before he won it of me with false dice, therefore your Grace may well say
I have lost it."
(Beatrice, in response to D. Pedro ("you have lost the heart of Seignior Benedick))
"CLAUDIO: Silence is the perfectest herald of joy I were but little happy, if I could say
how much. Lady, as you are mine, I am yours I give away myself for you and dote
upon the exchange.
BEATRICE: Speak, cousin, or, if you cannot, stop his mouth with a kiss, and let not
him speak neither."
(Claudio proposing to Hero)
"Monsieur love"
(Benedick mocks Claudio, calling him this."
"Love me? Why, it must be requited."
(Benedick falls for the trap and admits to himself that he does love Beatrice).
"When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married."
(Benedick attempts to not lose face)
"Nature never fram'd a woman's heart of prouder stuff than that of Beatrice."
(Beatrice overhears Hero talking about her and Benedick).
"If it prove so, then loving goes by haps: Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with
(Hero senses that the trick has worked on Beatrice)

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And, Benedick, love on, I will requite thee, taming my wild heart to thy loving hand."
(Beatrice admits her love of Benedick to herself)
"There's no true drop of blood in him to be truly touched with love."
D. Pedro Teases Benedick.
"If I see anything tonight why I should not marry her tomorrow, in the congregation,
where I should wed, there will I shame her."
(Claudio's anger at the apparent betrayal.…read more


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