Famous quotes

Romeo and Juliet (2006) - The balcony scene - Rupert Evans as Romeo and Morven Christie as Juliet © RSC

Here are some well-known quotes from Romeo and Juliet in the order in which they appear in the play.

'A pair of star-crossed lovers take their lives' (Prologue)

'Here's much to do with hate, but more with love' (Romeo, Act 1 Scene 1)

'But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart: My will to her consent is but a part' (Lord Capulet, Act 1 Scene 1)

'I'll look to like, if looking liking move' (Juliet, Act 1 Scene 3)

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

'My only love sprung from my only hate' (Juliet, Act 1 Scene 4)

'But soft, what light through yonder window breaks' (Romeo, Act 2 Scene 1)

'O, Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo?' (Juliet, Act 2 Scene 1)

'That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet' (Juliet, Act 2 Scene 1)

'Parting is such sweet sorrow' (Juliet, Act 2 Scene 1)

'For this alliance may so happy prove, To turn your households' rancour to true love' (Friar Lawrence, Act 2 Scene 2)

'These violent delights have violent ends' (Friar Lawrence, Act 2 Scene 5)

'A plague o' both your houses' (Mercutio, Act 3 Scene 1)

'Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill' (Prince, Act 3 Scene 1)

'Get these to Church o' Thursday, or never after look me in the face' (Lord Capulet, Act 3 Scene 5)

'Romeo, Romeo, Romeo! Here's drink: I drink to thee' (Juliet, Act 4 Scene 3)

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

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

'For never was a story of more woe, Than this is Juliet and her Romeo' (Prince, Act 5 Scene 3)

Compiled by Kath Bradley, MPhil (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)
Kath has worked for the RSC in a variety of roles since 2005.
Photo shows the balcony scene in the RSC's 2006 production: Rupert Evans as Romeo and Morven Christie as Juliet © RSC

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