Read Shakespeare’s Top 50 Love Quotes

We have a romantic soul here are NoSweatShakespeare and would like to share our favourite Shakespeare love quotes with you. The 50 Shakespeare love quotes below are taken from the plays only – if we’d looked into Shakespeare’s sonnets and Shakespeare’s poems we could easily have doubled the list (and may yet do just that!) So, without further ado, here are the all time top love quotes from Shakespeare:

1. ‘If music be the food of love, play on’

(Twelfth Night – Act 1, Scene 1)

2. ‘There’s beggary in love that can be reckoned’

(Antony & Cleopatra – Act 1, Scene 1)

3. ‘Speak low if you speak love’

(Much Ado About Nothing – Act 2, Scene 1)

4. ‘The course of true love never did run smooth’

(A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Act 1, Scene 2)

5. ‘Love goes by haps; Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps’

(Much Ado About Nothing – Act 3, Scene 2)

6. ‘The stroke of death is as a lovers pinch, Which hurts and is desired’

(Antony & Cleopatra – Act 5, Scene 5)

7. ‘She’s beautiful, and therefore to be wooed; She is woman, and therefore to be won’

(Henry VI Part 1 – Act 5, Scene 2)

8. ‘Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind’

(A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Act 1, Scene 1)

9. ‘Hear my soul speak. Of the very instant that I saw you, Did my heart fly at your service’

(The Tempest – Act 3, Scene 1)

10. ‘Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?’

(As You Like It – Act 3, Scene 5)

11. ‘Love is a smoke and is made with the fume of sighs’

(Romeo & Juliet – Act 1, Scene 1)

12. ‘I love you more than words can wield the matter, Dearer than eyesight, space and liberty’

(King Lear – Act 1, secene 1)

13. ‘Love is like a child, That longs for everything it can come by’

(The Two Gentlh3en of Verona – Act 3, Scene 1)

14. ‘The sight of lovers feedeth those in love’

(As You Like It – Act 3, Scene 4)

15. ‘What is light, if Sylvia be not seen? What is joy if Sylvia be not by?’

(The Two Gentlh3en of Verona – Act 3, Scene 1)

16. ‘Love is blind, and lovers cannot see, The pretty follies that thh3selves commit’

(The Merchant of Venice – Act 2, Scene 6)

17. ‘Love sought is good, but given unsought is better’

(Twelfth night – Act 3, Scene 1)

18. ‘Cupid is a knavish lad, thus to make fh3ales mad’

(A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Act 3, Scene 3)

19. ‘Come what sorrow can, It cannot countervail the exchange of joy, That one short minute gives me in her sight’

(Romeo & Juliet – Act 2, Scene 6)

20. ‘Doubt that the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move his aides, Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love’

(Hamlet – Act 2, Scene 2)

21. ‘I would not wish any companion in the world but you’

(The Tempest – Act 3, Scene 1)

22. ‘I pray you, do not fall in love with me, For I am falser than vows made in wine’

(As You Like It – Act 3, Scene 5)

23. ‘Her passions are made of nothing but the finest part of pure love’

(Anotony & Cleopatra – Act 3, Scene 5)

24. ‘Lovers can do their amorous rites by their own beauties’

(Romeo & Juliet – Act 3, Scene 2)

25. ‘Love hath made thee a tame snake’

(As You Like It – Act 4, Scene 3)

26. ‘She loved me for the dangers I had passed, And I loved her that she did pity thh3’

(Othello – Act 1, Scene 3)

27. ‘Oh, how this spring of love resh3bleth, The uncertain glory of an April day, Which now shows all beauty of the Sun, And by and by a cloud takes all away’

(The Two Gentlh3en of Verona – Act 1, Scene 3)

28. ‘I will not be sworn but love may transform me to an oyster’

(Much Ado About Nothing – Act 2, Scene 3)

29. ‘Mistress, you know yourself, down on your knees, And thank heaven, fasting, for a good man’s love’

(As You Like It – Act 3, Scene 5)

30. ‘In thy youth wast as true a lover, As ever sighed upon a midnight pillow’

(As You Like It – Act 2, Scene 4)

31. ‘A heart to love, and in that heart, Courage, to make’s love known’

(Macbeth – Act 2, Scene 3)

32. ‘For where thou art, there is the world itself, And where thou art not, desolation’

(Henry IV Part 2 – Act 3, Scene 2)

33. ‘You cannot call it love, for at your age the heyday in the blood is tame’

(Hamlet – Act 3, Scene 4)

34. ‘She will die if you love her not, And she will die ere she might make her love known’

(Much Ado About Nothing – Act 2, Scene 3)

35. ‘Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten thh3, but not for love’

(As You Like It – Act 4, Scene 1)

36. ‘Men’s vows are women’s traitors’

(Cymbeline – Act 3, Scene 4)

37. ‘Alas, that love, so gentle in his view, Should be so tyrannous and rough in proof’

(Romeo & Juliet – Act 1, Scene 1)

38. ‘Love will not be spurred to what it loathes’

(The Two Gentlh3en of Verona – Act 5, Scene 2)

39. ‘This bud of love by summer’s ripening breath, May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet’

(Romeo & Juliet – Act 2, Scene 1)

40. ‘To be wise and love, Exceeds man’s might’

(Troilus & Cressida – Act 3, Scene 2)

41. ‘They are in the very wrath of love, and they will go together. Clubs cannot part thh3’

(As You Like It – Act 5, Scene 2)

42. ‘His unkindness may defeat my life, But never taint my love’

(Othello – Act 4, Scene 2)

43. ‘What a pretty thing man is when he goes in his doublet and hose and leaves off his wit!’

(Much Ado About Nothing – Act 5, Scene 1)

44. ‘Is this the generation of love? Hot blood, hot thoughts and hot deeds? Why, they are vipers. Is love a generation of vipers?’

(Troilus & Cressida – Act 3, Scene 1)

45. ‘Love is begun by time, And time qualifies the spark and fire of it’

(Hamlet – Act 4, Scene 7)

46. ‘The sight of lovers feedeth those in love’

(As You Like It – Act 3, Scene 4)

47. ‘Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul, but I do love thee, and when I love thee not, chaos is come again’

(Othello – Act 3, Scene 3)

48. ‘Lovers ever run before the clock’

(The Merchant of Venice – Act 2, Scene 6)

49. ‘I know a lady in Venice would have walked barefoot to Palestine for a touch of his nether lip’

(Othello – Act 4, Scene 3)

50. ‘I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to say ‘I love you”

(Henry V – Act 5, Scene 2)

51. ‘I’ll make my heaven in a lady’s lap’

(Henry VI part 3 – Act 3, Scene 2)

52. ‘You have witchcraft in your lips’

(Henry V – Act 5, Scene 2)

53. ‘I humbly do beseech of your pardon, For too much loving you’

(Othello – Act 3, Scene 3)

54. ‘Kiss me, Kate, we shall be married o’Sunday’

(The Taming of the Shrew – Act 2, Scene 7)

55. ‘I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me’

(Much Ado About Nothing – Act 1, Scene 1)

What do you think of the above Shakespeare love quotes? Let us know – tell us your favorites in the comments section below.  If you’re interested in more Shakespeare quotes check out some other relevant articles such as Shakespeare quotes, Shakespeare soliloquys and Shakespeare monologues

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  1. Carl James
    Carl James says:

    Folks,
    I have been searching for this quote that I thought was by Shakespeare but I can’t seem to find it. Any leads?
    “Having wanted, loved; having had, hated.”
    Thanks.
    –CJ

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  2. mirza aamir
    mirza aamir says:

    i love shakespear and much more with his sayings about love i just read shakespear love quotions it is an. enjoying piece for me thanks for this lovely website,,,

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  3. Anne de Bekker
    Anne de Bekker says:

    I personally believe this quote is supposed to be mentioned here aswell, though it isn’t quite romantic;

    Love is a tender thing? It is too rough, too rude, too boisterous; and it pricks like thorn – Romeo and Juliet

    The way Shakespeare was able to put feelings into words, is truly amazing: sensitive and passionate, but well-thought-out. Wish I was able to do such a thing.

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  4. kareem Abdulrasaq
    kareem Abdulrasaq says:

    he his a man of higher intellect whick cannot be compare to the scholar of his age.his writing has affect of soul today…indeed, a man of honour

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  5. mdsitch
    mdsitch says:

    “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind”……. intelligently interpreted the definition of true love! That love is not blind….Shakespeare is not just a noble artist but conveys love and passion with principle and spirituality…. and that makes him the best!

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  6. Larcrain
    Larcrain says:

    i luv d quotes of this great man especially ‘speak low if u want to speak love” b’coz it works lik a magic anytime u use them in ur dating.

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