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:

Shakespeare Love Quotes 1: Twelfth Night – Act 1, Scene 1

“If music be the food of love, play on”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 2: Antony & Cleopatra – Act 1, Scene 1

“There’s beggary in love that can be reckoned”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 3: Much Ado About Nothing – Act 2, Scene 1

“Speak low if you speak love”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 4: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Act 1, Scene 2

“The course of true love never did run smooth”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 5: Much Ado About Nothing – Act 3, Scene 2

“Love goes by haps; Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 6: Antony & Cleopatra – Act 5, Scene 5

“The stroke of death is as a lovers pinch, Which hurts and is desired”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 7: Henry VI Part 1 – Act 5, Scene 2

“She’s beautiful, and therefore to be wooed; She is woman, and therefore to be won”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 8: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Act 1, Scene 1

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 9: The Tempest – Act 3, Scene 1

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

Shakespeare Love Quotes 10: As You Like It – Act 3, Scene 5

“Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 11: Romeo & Juliet – Act 1, Scene 1

“Love is a smoke and is made with the fume of sighs”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 12: King Lear – Act 1, secene 1

“I love you more than words can wield the matter, Dearer than eyesight, space and liberty”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 13: The Two Gentlemen of Verona – Act 3, Scene 1

“Love is like a child, That longs for everything it can come by”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 14: As You Like It – Act 3, Scene 4

“The sight of lovers feedeth those in love”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 15: The Two Gentlemen of Verona – Act 3, Scene 1

“What is light, if Sylvia be not seen? What is joy if Sylvia be not by?”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 16: The Merchant of Venice – Act 2, Scene 6

“Love is blind, and lovers cannot see, The pretty follies that themselves commit”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 17: Twelfth night – Act 3, Scene 1

“Love sought is good, but given unsought is better”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 18: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Act 3, Scene 3

“Cupid is a knavish lad, thus to make females mad”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 19: Romeo & Juliet – Act 2, Scene 6

“Come what sorrow can, It cannot countervail the exchange of joy, That one short minute gives me in her sight”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 20: Hamlet – Act 2, Scene 2

“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”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 21: The Tempest – Act 3, Scene 1

“I would not wish any companion in the world but you”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 22: As You Like It – Act 3, Scene 5

“I pray you, do not fall in love with me, For I am falser than vows made in wine”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 23: Anotony & Cleopatra – Act 3, Scene 5

“Her passions are made of nothing but the finest part of pure love”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 24: Romeo & Juliet – Act 3, Scene 2

“Lovers can do their amorous rites by their own beauties”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 25: As You Like It – Act 4, Scene 3

“Love hath made thee a tame snake”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 26: Othello – Act 1, Scene 3

“She loved me for the dangers I had passed, And I loved her that she did pity them”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 27: The Two Gentlemen of Verona – Act 1, Scene 3

“Oh, how this spring of love resembleth, The uncertain glory of an April day, Which now shows all beauty of the Sun, And by and by a cloud takes all away”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 28: Much Ado About Nothing – Act 2, Scene 3

“I will not be sworn but love may transform me to an oyster”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 29: As You Like It – Act 3, Scene 5

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

Shakespeare Love Quotes 30: As You Like It – Act 2, Scene 4

“In thy youth wast as true a lover, As ever sighed upon a midnight pillow”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 31: Macbeth – Act 2, Scene 3

“A heart to love, and in that heart, Courage, to make’s love known”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 32: Henry IV Part 2 – Act 3, Scene 2

“For where thou art, there is the world itself, And where thou art not, desolation”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 33: Hamlet – Act 3, Scene 4

“You cannot call it love, for at your age the heyday in the blood is tame”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 34: Much Ado About Nothing – Act 2, Scene 3

“She will die if you love her not, And she will die ere she might make her love known”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 35: As You Like It – Act 4, Scene 1

“Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 36: Cymbeline – Act 3, Scene 4

“Men’s vows are women’s traitors”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 37: Romeo & Juliet – Act 1, Scene 1

“Alas, that love, so gentle in his view, Should be so tyrannous and rough in proof”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 38: The Two Gentlemen of Verona – Act 5, Scene 2

“Love will not be spurred to what it loathes”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 39: Romeo & Juliet – Act 2, Scene 1

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

Shakespeare Love Quotes 40: Love Quotes from Troilus & Cressida – Act 3, Scene 2

“To be wise and love, Exceeds man’s might”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 41: As You Like It – Act 5, Scene 2

“They are in the very wrath of love, and they will go together. Clubs cannot part them”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 42: Othello – Act 4, Scene 2

“His unkindness may defeat my life, But never taint my love”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 43: Much Ado About Nothing – Act 5, Scene 1

“What a pretty thing man is when he goes in his doublet and hose and leaves off his wit!”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 44: Troilus & Cressida – Act 3, Scene 1

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

Shakespeare Love Quotes 45: Hamlet – Act 4, Scene 7

“Love is begun by time, And time qualifies the spark and fire of it”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 46: As You Like It – Act 3, Scene 4

“The sight of lovers feedeth those in love”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 47: Othello – Act 3, Scene 3

“Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul, but I do love thee, and when I love thee not, chaos is come again”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 48: The Merchant of Venice – Act 2, Scene 6

“Lovers ever run before the clock”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 49: Love Quotes from Othello – Act 4, Scene 3

“I know a lady in Venice would have walked barefoot to Palestine for a touch of his nether lip”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 50: Love Quotes from Henry V – Act 5, Scene 2

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

Shakespeare Love Quotes 51: Love Quotes from Henry VI part 3 – Act 3, Scene 2

“I’ll make my heaven in a lady’s lap”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 52: Love Quotes from Henry V – Act 5, Scene 2

“You have witchcraft in your lips”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 53: Love Quotes from Othello – Act 3, Scene 3

“I humbly do beseech of your pardon, For too much loving you”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 54: The Taming of the Shrew – Act 2, Scene 7

“Kiss me, Kate, we shall be married o’Sunday”

Shakespeare Love Quotes 55: Love Quotes from Much Ado About Nothing – Act 1, Scene 1

“I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me”

What do you think of the above Shakespeare love quotes? Let us know at 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. Robin Louis Ducret
    Robin Louis Ducret says:

    I just love this quote from As You Like It

    ROSALIND. I thought thy heart had been wounded with the claws of a lion.
    ORLANDO. Wounded it is, but with the eyes of a lady.

  2. Hana
    Hana says:

    Did Shakespeare ever says something start with “The love is a growth as the unique flower…” means Love is like a flower that lives on the cliff. You can pick up the flower with nothing but your courage and adventurousness. Tryingt to find the original quotes and where is it from…
    Thank you

  3. Carl James
    Carl James says:

    I thought it was Shakespeare but I may be wrong. Who said this?:
    “Having wanted loved, having had hated.”
    I can’t find it anywhere.

    • KH
      KH says:

      Sonnet 129
      The expense of spirit in a waste of shame
      Is lust in action; and till action, lust
      Is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame,
      Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust,
      Enjoy’d no sooner but despised straight,
      Past reason hunted, and no sooner had
      Past reason hated, as a swallow’d bait
      On purpose laid to make the taker mad;
      Mad in pursuit and in possession so;
      Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;
      A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe;
      Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream.
      All this the world well knows; yet none knows well
      To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.

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