A selection of well-known quotes from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing 1958
Ursula (Rachel Kempson), Hero (Geraldine McEwan) and Margaret (Zoe Caldwell) in Much Ado About Nothing, 1958, directed by Douglas Seale.
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There's a skirmish of wit between them. 
(Leonato, Act 1 Scene 1)

In time the savage bull doth bear the yoke. 
(Don Pedro, Act 1 Scene 1)

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, Act 2 Scene 1)

As merry as the day is long. 
(Beatrice, Act 2 Scene 1)

Speak low if you speak love. 
(Don Pedro, Act 2 Scene 1)

Friendship is constant in all other things, 
Save in the office and affairs of love.
(Claudio, Act 2 Scene 1)

She speaks poniards, and every word stabs.
(Benedick, Act 2 Scene 1)

I will not be sworn, but love may transform me to an oyster.
(Benedick, Act 2 Scene 3)

When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.
(Benedick, Act 2 Scene 3)

Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.
(Hero, Act 3, Scene 1)

Everyone cannot master a grief but he that has it. 
(Benedick, Act 3 Scene 2)

Are you good men and true?
(Dogberry, Act 3 Scene 3)

I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest.
(Beatrice, Act 4 Scene 1)

For there was never yet philosopher 
That could endure the toothache patiently.
(Leonato, Act 5 Scene 1)

In a false quarrel there is no true valour.
(Benedick, Act 5 Scene 1)

Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably.
(Benedick, Act 5 Scene 2)

Peace! I will stop your mouth.
(Leonato, Act 5 Scene 3)