Most Famous Love Quotes From Shakespeare

We have a romantic soul at 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 Gentlemen 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 Gentlemen of Verona – Act 3, Scene 1)

16. ‘Love is blind, and lovers cannot see, The pretty follies that themselves 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 females 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 them’

(Othello – Act 1, Scene 3)

27. ‘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’

(The Two Gentlemen 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 VI 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 them, 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 Gentlemen 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 them’

(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 quote check out our other relevant articles such as Shakespeare quotes, Shakespeare soliloquys and Shakespeare monologues.

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    Quotes says:

    Love is the only freedom in the world because it so elevates the spirit that the laws of humanity and the phenomena of nature do not alter its course.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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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