Romeo and Juliet quotes are some of Shakespeare’s most popular, and the play is full of enduring quotes from start to finish. In Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare gave the world such memorable quotes as “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet“, “parting is such sweet sorrow”, “a plague on both your houses” and dozens more. Below is our pick of the very best quotes from Romeo and Juliet, spoken by a variety of primary and secondary characters in the play. After each Romeo and Juliet quote the character speaking is listed, along with act and scene.

A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life.

(Chorus, Prologue)

“Abraham: Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?
Sampson: I do bite my thumb, sir.”

(act 1, scene 1)

“O teach me how I should forget to think!”

Romeo (act 1 scene 1)

“Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.
Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;
Being vex’d a sea nourish’d with lovers’ tears.”

Romeo (act 1 scene 1)

“Under loves heavy burden do I sink.”

Romeo (act 1 scene 4)

“Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”

Romeo (act 1 scene 5)

“O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright.”

Romeo (act 1 scene 5)

“But, soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.”

Romeo (act 2, scene 2)

“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?”

Juliet (act 2 scene 2)

That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

Juliet (act 2, scene 2)

“See how she leans her cheek upon her hand.
O, that I were a glove upon that hand
That I might touch that cheek!”

Romeo (act 2, scene 2)

“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.”

Juliet (act 2, scene 2)

“O, swear not by the moon, th’ inconstant moon,
That monthly changes in her circle orb,
Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.”

Juliet (act 2, scene 2)

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.”

Juliet (act 2, scene 2)

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

Juliet (act 2, scene 2)

“Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”

Juliet (act 2, scene 2)

“Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.”

Friar Laurence (act 2, scene 3)

“For this alliance may so happy prove,
To turn your households’ rancour to pure love.”

Friar Laurence (act 2, scene 3)

“Women may fall when there’s no strength in men.”

Friar Laurence (act 2, scene 3)

These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder”

Friar Laurence (act 2, scene 5)

“A plague o’ both your houses!”

Mercutio (act 3, scene 1)

“Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.”

Prince (act 3, scene 1)

“Oh, I am fortune’s fool!”

Romeo (act 3, scene 1)

“Give me my Romeo, and, when I shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night,
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”

Juliet (act 3, scene 2)

“Romeo, Romeo, Romeo! Here’s drink: I drink to thee.”

Juliet (act 4, scene 3)

“O true apothecary,
Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.”

Romeo (act 5, scene 3)

“Tempt not a desperate man”

Romeo (act 5, scene 3)

“O happy dagger,
This is thy sheath: there rust, and let me die.”

Juliet (act 5, scene 3)

“All are punished.”

Prince (act 5, scene 3)

“For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”

Prince (act 5,scene 3)

Are we missing any great Romeo and Juliet quotes? Let us know in the comments section below.

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16 replies
    • NSS
      NSS says:

      Hi Justin, here’s an extract from our Romeo & Juliet ebook with the Romeo quote from Act 5 Scene 3 you’re after:

      “Looking at her he had a sudden feeling of happiness. He. couldn’t believe what little effect death had had on her beauty. Death hadn’t defeated her – her lips and cheeks were still rosy.
      He looked around the fearful place Tybalt lay on bier a few feet away. ‘Tybalt,’ he said, ‘Is that you in your shroud? Oh what greater favour can I do you than kill myself, the man who was your enemy? Forgive me, cousin.’
      Why was she still so beautiful? Was it because Death was in love with her and was keeping her in that dark place as his mistress? If that was so he would stay there with her and never leave. He would join the worms that were her chamber-maids.
      This was where he would live forever.
      But it was time. ‘Eyes look your last,’ he said. ‘Arms take your last embrace.’ He took her in his arms and raised her up. He kissed her. He lowered her again and took out the poison. It was time. ‘Here’s to my love!’”

  1. bethan stacey
    bethan stacey says:

    hi i need 3 or more shakespearean insults and their meanings in modern day english can you help?


    • Faiers Fan
      Faiers Fan says:

      disobedient wretch meaning a horrible person who cannot follow rules
      good king of cats insulting Tybalt calling him feline and feminine

  2. Help!
    Help! says:

    Help me please,,These notes where somewhat helpful but maybe i’m stupid but i need a specific line or lines from the play that symbolizes or characterizes Romeo please help ><!!

  3. kyamazima sandra
    kyamazima sandra says:

    “whats in a name that which we call a rose by any other name that would smell as sweet”
    “palm to palm is a holy palmers kiss, let lips do what hands do”
    i love that

  4. Nelson
    Nelson says:

    I am looking for the quote from Romeo & Juliet that Robt. Kennedy used in eulogizing his brother ( the President ). Something like the garish sun and the wonderful night

    • Kursat Karabulut
      Kursat Karabulut says:

      Oh, give me my Romeo, and when he shall die, take him and cut him into little stars, he’ll make the face of heaven so fine that all all the world will fall in love and pay no worship to the garish sun.

  5. I
    I says:

    I’m looking for the translation of
    ‘O serpent heart, hid with a flowering face!
    Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave?
    Beautiful tyrant! fiend angelical!
    Dove-feather’d raven! wolvish-ravening lamb!
    Despised substance of divinest show!
    Just opposite to what thou justly seem’st,
    A damned saint, an honourable villain!
    O nature, what hadst thou to do in hell,
    When thou didst bower the spirit of a fiend
    In moral paradise of such sweet flesh?
    Was ever book containing such vile matter
    So fairly bound? O that deceit should dwell
    In such a gorgeous palace!’
    Anyone know of a good Shakespeare to English translator?

  6. SaucyBoi
    SaucyBoi says:

    It’s basically all oxymorons and paradoxes, it does not make sense.
    Juliet thinks it doesn’t make any sense why her beautiful lover would do such an ugly crime to Tybalt
    Idk. That’s my interpretation :/


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