Category Archives: William Shakespeare Love Quotes

Shakespeare, Love at First Sight and Consequences

“And let me be a slave, to achieve that maid Whose sudden sight hath thrall’d my wounded eye.” (Taming Of the Shrew, act 1, sc. 1) Comments. Recent scientific research (how I like this) has shown two explanations for love … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on the Uses of Poetry

“Truly, I would the gods had made thee poetical.” (As You Like It, act 3, sc. 3) Comments.  The Greeks had not one but four Muses of Poetry, Calliope (Epic poetry), Euterpe (Lyric poetry), Thalia Pastoral poetry) and Polyhymnia (Sacred … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on the Incompatibility of Love with Wisdom

 “… for to be wise and love, Exceeds man’s might; that dwells with gods above. (Troilus and Cressida, act 3, sc. 2) Comments.  Cressida’s observation is hardly original. Ambrose Bierce, not directly testing the compatibility of wisdom with love, says … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on How to Get to a Girl’s Heart

 “Flatter and praise, commend, extol their graces, Though ne’er so black, say they have angels’ faces.” (Two Gentlemen of Verona, act 3, sc. 1) Comments. On flattery there is general consensus, it works. Oscar Wilde succinctly proclaimed that “flattery is … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Compliments to a Lady and the Discreet Casanova

“Full many a lady I have eyed with best regards; and many a time The harmony of their tongues hath into bondage Brought my too diligent ear: for several virtues Have I lik’d several women; never any With so full … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Silence and Happiness

BEATRICE. Speak, count, it is your cue. CLAUDIO. Silence is the perfectest herald of joy: I were but little happy, if I could say how much. (Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 1) Tips for Use. Excellent reply when … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Women and Roses

“For women are as roses, whose fair flower Being once display’d, doth fall that very hour.” (Twelfth Night, act 2, sc. 4) Tips for Use. The statement suggests a double standard and a trace of ‘macho’ philosophy. You may just … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Love, Words of Love, Music, their Similarities & Interconnections

“How silver sweet sound lovers’ tongues by night, Like softest music to attending ears!” (Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 2) Tips for Use.  You may drop the line in passing, especially if she said something nice. Not everyone held … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Fresh Breath and Bad Breath Remedies if Needed

“The leaf of eglantine, whom not to slander, Out-sweetens not thy breath.” (Cymbeline, act 4, sc. 1) Tips for Use. Perfect answer if your better (or worse) half is concerned about her/his breath and queries you about it. Perhaps it … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Middle Age and Flowers for Middle Aged Men

“….Here’s flowers for you; Hot lavender, mints, savoury, marjoram; The marigold, that goes to bed wi’ the sun And with him rises weeping: these are flowers Of middle summer, and I think they are given To men of middle age. … Continue reading

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