Romeo and Juliet Key Quotes

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Romeo

‘O brawling love, O loving hate…feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health...’ (Act 1 Sc 1)

‘Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorn.’ (Act 1 Sc 1)

'Is she a Capulet? O, dear account! My life is my foe's debt'  (Act 1 Sc 4)

‘Did my heart love till now?’ (Act 1 Sc 5) 

[taking Juliet’s hand] ‘If I profane with my unworthiest hand this holy shrine…’(Act 1 Sc 5) 

‘It is the east and Juliet is the sun!’ (Act 2 Sc 2) 

'O true apothecary. Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die' ( Act 5 Sc 3)

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Juliet

'My only love sprung from my only hate'  (Act 1 Sc 4)

‘And palm to palm is holy palmers kiss.’ (Act 1 Sc 5) 

‘O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?’ (Act 2 Sc 2)  

‘What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by another word would smell as sweet.’ (Act 2 Sc 2)  

'Proud I can never be of what I hate' (Act 3 Sc 5)

‘Romeo, I come! This do I drink to thee!’ (Act 4 Sc 3)

'O happy dagger. This is thy sheath: there rust and let me die' ( Act 5 Sc 3)

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Benvolio

‘I do but keep the peace: put up thy sword.’ (Act 1 Sc 1)

‘What sadness lengthens Romeo’s hours?’ (Act 1 Sc 1)

‘I’ll pay that doctrine, or else die in debt.’ (Act 1 Sc 1)

‘I pray thee, good Mercutio, let’s retire. The day is hot…and if we meet, we shall not scape a brawl.’ (Act 3 Sc 1)

‘Romeo, away, be gone!’ – Protecting Romeo after he killed Tybalt. (Act 3 Sc 1) 

‘This is the truth, or let Benvolio die.’ (Act 3 Sc 1) 

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Mercutio

‘Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance.’ (Act 1 Sc 4)

‘O then I see Queen Mab hath been with you.’ (Act 1 Sc 4)

Romeo – ‘Peace, peace, Mercutio, peace!’ (Act 1 Sc 4)

To the Nurse – ‘Farewell, ancient lady; farewell, lady, [singing]’  (Act 2 Sc 4) 

‘O calm, dishonourable, vile submission!’ (Act 3 Sc 1)

‘A plague o’ both your houses!' (Act 3 Sc 1)

‘Why the devil came between us? I was hurt under your arm.’ (Act 3 Sc 1) 

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Lord Capulet

‘My child is yet a stranger in the world.’ (Act 1 Sc 2)

‘Earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she.’ (Act 1 Sc 2) 

‘Sir Paris, I will make a desperate tender of my child’s love: I think she will be rules in all respects by me…’ (Act 3 Sc 4)

‘Doth she not give us thanks? Is she not proud?’ (Act 3 Sc 5)

‘Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch!’ (Act 3 Sc 5) 

‘Death lies on her like an untimely frost upon the sweetest flower of all the field.’ (Act 4 Sc 5) 

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Lady Caplulet

‘So shall you share all that he doth possess, by having him, making yourself no less…can you like of Paris’ love?’ (Act 1 Sc 3) 

‘I beg for justice, which thou, Prince, must give: Romeo slew Tybalt; Romeo must not live.’ (Act 3 Sc 1)

‘What, wilt thou wash him from his grave with tears? An if thou couldst, thou couldst not make him live.’ (Act 3 Sc 5)

‘You are too hot’ – To Lord Capulet. (Act 3 Sc 5) 

‘O me, O me! My child, my only life! Revive, look up, or I will die with thee!’     (Act 4 Sc 5)

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Tybalt

‘talk of peace? I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee’  (Act 1 Sc 1) 

‘It fits when such a villain is a guest: I’ll not endure him.’ (Act 1 Sc 5)

‘Romeo, the love I bear thee can afford no better term than this: thou art a villain.’ (Act 3 Sc 1)

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Friar Lawrence

 ‘Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here! Is Rosaline, that thou didst love so dear, so soon forsaken?’ (Act 2 Sc 3) 

‘Thy old groans ring yet in mine ancient ears.’ (Act 2 Sc 3) 

‘These violent delights have violent end.’ (Act 2 Sc 6)

‘Arise, one knocks: good Romeo, hide thyself.’ (Act 3 Sc 3) 

‘Now when the bridegroom in the morning comes to rouse thee from thy bed, there art thou dead.’ (Act 4 Sc 1)

‘Fear comes upon me. O, much I fear some ill unthrifthy thing.’ (Act 5 Sc 3)

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Nurse

‘an should I live a thousand years, I never should forget it.’ – Speaking of her memories of Juliet’s childhood. (Act 1 Sc 3)

‘if ye should lead her in a fool’s paradise, as they say, it were a very gross kind of behaviour…’ (Act 2 Sc 4)

‘To fetch a ladder, by the which your love must climb.’ (Act 2 Sc 5)

‘Hie to your chamber. I’ll find Romeo to comfort you.’ (Act 3 Sc 2)

‘Marry, I will; and this is wisely done.’ – The Nurse advising Juliet to marry Paris. (Act 3 Sc 5) 

‘O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful, woeful day!’( Act 4 Sc 5)

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