English Literature Quotes A2 AQA

Quotes about love taken from poetry, prose and drama which could be used in the AQA A2 English Literature exam.

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"Time, you thief, who love to get sweets"
say I'm growing old, but add/ Jenny kiss'd me" - Jenny kissed me by James Henry Leigh Hunt

"Busy old fool, unruly sun/ why dost thou thus/ through windows, and through curtains, call on us?" 

"Love, all alike, no season knows nor clime/ nor hours, days, months which are the rags of time"

"She is al states, and all princes" - The sun rising by John Donne

"Had we but world enough, and time/ this coyness, lady, were no crime"
"An hundred years should go to praise"

"But at my back I always hear/ time's winged chariot hurrying near" 

"worms shall try/ that long preserved virginity"

"thus, though we cannot make our sun/ stand still, yet we will make him run" - To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell  

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"She said, 'Yes I'll be back again/ before the sun has set.'/ But the sweetest promises made/ are the easiest to forget" 

"When the last leaf of hope is fallen,/ and silence haunts heart's vacancy,/ and even pining's done" - She Said by Walter De La Mare

"She'll have to go home alone, alone,/ along the icy street."

"The first ice of human hurt" - First Ice by Andrei Voznesensky  

"love is woman's moon and sun;/ man has other forms of fun" - General review by Dorothy Parker

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King Lear Quotes;

"Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave/ My heart into my mouth. I love your majesty/ According to my bond; no more nor less" - Cordelia

"As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods;/ They kill us for their sport." - Gloucester

"Love is not love/ When it is mingled with regards that stand/ Aloof from the entire point." - France 

"Fairest Cordelia, that art most rich, being poor;/ Most choice, forsaken; and most loved, despised!" - France

"How sharper than a serpent's tooth it isTo have a thankless child!" - Lear

"Let not women's weapons, water-drops,Stain my man's cheeks!" - Lear

"Through tatter'd clothes small vices do appear;Robes and furr'd gowns hide all." - Lear


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A Midsummer Nights Dream Quotes; 

"To say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays" - Puck 

"The course of true love never did run smooth" - Lysander

"I woo'd thee with my sword, and won thy love doing thee injuries" - Theseus

"As she is mine, I may dispose of her; which shall be to this gentleman or to her death" - Egeus 

"The jaws of darkness so devour it up. So quick bright things come to confusion" - Lysander

"Jack shall have Jill; nought shall go ill" - Puck

"I have forsworn his bed and company" - Titania

"Who will not change a raven for a dove? The will of man is by his reason sway'd" - Lysander


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The Great Gatsby quotes;

"I married him because I thought he was a gentleman' She said finally. 'I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn't fit to lick my shoe" - Myrtle 

"Can’t repeat the past?" he cried incredulously. "Why of course you can!" - Gatsby

"I hope she'll be a fool - that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool." - Daisy 

"The officer looked at Daisy while she was speaking, in a way that every young girl wants to be looked at sometime" - Jordan

"He wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say 'I never loved you" - Nick 

"He wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy" - Nick 

"He was his wife's man and not his own" - Nick (about Wilson) 

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"He let her believe that he was a person from much the same strata as herself - that he was fully able to take care of her" - Nick 

"There I was, 'way off my ambitions, getting deeper in love every minute, and all of a sudden I didn't care" - Gatsby

"The decision must be made by some force - of love, of money, of unquestionable practicality" - Nick 

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The Notebook quotes;

"he was from a different class, too poor, and they would never approve" - Narrator 

"There's a part of you that you keep closed off from everyone...Your mind is on someone else" -Narrator

"The ghost that had come to dominate his life" - Narrator

"She felt something twitch inside...as if all her dreams could still come true" - Narrator (about Allie) 

"Our future is dictated by what we are, as opposed to what we want" - Allie

"Status is more important than feelings" - Allie 

 "Fallen in love with a new Allie, not just her memory" - Narrator

"Perhaps something as simple as not being second" - Narrator 

"What sort of power did she has over him" - Narrator

"Love as an emotion that we can't control" - Noah

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