“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)

“There’s an old saying that applies to me: you can’t lose a game if you don’t play the game.

(act 1, scene 4)

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

(Romeo, act 2, scene 1)

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

(Juliet, act 2 scene 1)

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

(Juliet, act 2, scene 1)

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

(Juliet, act 2, scene 1)

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

(Friar Laurence, act 2, scene 2)

“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)

“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)

“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)

“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.”

“Don’t waste your love on somebody, who doesn’t value it.”

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

“Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly. then your love would also change.”

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

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

“O teach me how I should forget to think!


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

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

Act II”

“Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall.”

“Oh, I am fortune’s fool!”

“Under loves heavy burden do I sink.”


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  1. I
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    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?

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