There are many well-known quotes in Twelfth Night – here we've listed a few of them, in order of appearance in the play.

Twelfth Night 2005
Twelfth Night, 2005, directed by Michael Boyd.
Photo by Ellie Kurttz © RSC – Image Licensing

Orsino: 'If music be the food of love, play on' (Act 1, Scene 1)

Viola: 'What country, friends, is this?' (Act 1, Scene 2)

Sir Andrew Aguecheek: 'but I am a great eater of beef, and I believe that does harm to my wit' (Act 1, Scene 3)

Viola (as Cesario): 'I'll do my best to woo your lady – [aside] yet a barful strife – Whoe'er I woo, myself would be his wife.' (Act 1, Scene 4)

Feste: 'Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage' (Act 1, Scene 5)

Feste: 'Better a witty fool than a foolish wit' (Act 1, Scene 5)

Viola (as Cesario): 'Make me a willow cabin at your gate, And call upon my soul within the house' (Act 1, Scene 5)

Olivia: 'How now? Even so quickly may one catch the plague?' (Act 1, Scene 5)

Viola (as Cesario): 'O time, though must untangle this, not I. / It is too hard a knot for me t'untie.' (Act 2, Scene 2)

Sir Toby Belch: 'Dost thou think that because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?' (Act 2, Scene 3)

Sir Andrew Aguecheek: 'I was adored once, too' (Act 2, Scene 3)

Viola (as Cesario): 'She pined in thought, / And with a green and yellow melancholy / She sat like patience on a monument, / Smiling at grief.' (Act 2, Scene 4)

Malvolio: 'Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon 'em' (Act 2, Scene 5)

Feste: 'Foolery, sir, does walk about the orb like the sun, it shines everywhere' (Act 3, Scene 1)

Fabian: 'If this were played upon a stage, now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction' (Act 3, Scene 4)

Viola (as Cesario): 'Prove true, imagination, O prove true / That I, dear brother, be now ta'en for you' (Act, Scene 4)

Orsino: 'One face, one voice, one habit, and two persons, / A natural perspective that is, and is not.' (Act 5, Scene 1)

Feste: 'And thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges.' (Act 5, Scene 1)

Malvolio: 'I shall be revenged on the whole pack of you.' (Act 5, Scene 1)

Orsino: 'Cesario, come – For so you shall be while you are a man / But when in other habits you are seen / Orsino's mistress, and his fancy's queen.' (Act 5, Scene 1)

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