Famous Quotes | Romeo and Juliet | Royal Shakespeare Company (2023)

Here are some well-known quotes from Romeo and Juliet in the order in which they appear in the play.

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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)

But, soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
(Romeo, Act 2 Scene 1)

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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)

Parting is such sweet sorrow.
(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.
(Friar Laurence, Act 2 Scene 5)

A plague o' both your houses!
(Mercutio, Act 3 Scene 1)

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Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.
(Prince, Act 3 Scene 1)

O deadly sin! O rude unthankfulness!
(Friar Laurence, Act 3 Scene 3)

Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch!
I tell thee what: get thee to church o'Thursday,
Or never after look me in the face.
(Capulet, Act 3 Scene 5)

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)

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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)

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Famous Quotes | Romeo and Juliet | Royal Shakespeare Company? ›

Thus with a kiss I die. O happy dagger, This is thy sheath: there rust, and let me die.

What is Shakespeare's most famous line from Romeo and Juliet? ›

Thus with a kiss I die. O happy dagger, This is thy sheath: there rust, and let me die.

What is Juliet's most famous line? ›

Wherefore art thou Romeo? (I. ii.) This line may be one of the most frequently quoted, and frequently misunderstood, lines in all of Shakespeare. Though Juliet is standing on her balcony, unaware of Romeo below her, the line doesn't mean she's asking where he is.

What are Shakespeare's 5 famous quotes? ›

  • “To be, or not to be: that is the question.” ...
  • “All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” ...
  • “A horse! a horse! ...
  • “We are such stuff as dreams are made on.” ...
  • “The course of true love never did run smooth.” ...
  • “If music be the food of love, play on.” ...
  • “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.”
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What is the famous line of the Merchant of Venice? ›

God made him, and therefore let him pass for a man. I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following, but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with you.


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