Romeo Juliet quotes--what does this all mean? Let me try to unravel some of the mystery of Romeo & Juliet by sharing with you some memorable quotes from the story.

The experts tell us that Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet early in his career sometime in the early to mid 1590’s.

It is a tragic romance of two young lovers, from feuding families, whose untimely and tragic deaths ultimately unite their families.

The story of Romeo and Juliet has produced some of the world’s most memorable quotes. I am giving you only a few of the many Romeo Juliet quotes from this play.

I hope you enjoy these Romeo Juliet quotes, and if you haven’t done it already-- go get a copy of the play & share it with a friend.

Sit back at home with a warm cup of tea, or a glass of wine and travel back in time as you read one of the most famous love stories of all time—Romeo & Juliet.

But until then let me share a few interesting Romeo Juliet quotes from the story.


Chorus speaks:

From forth the fatal loins of these two foes

A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life,

Whose misadventured piteous overthrows

Doth with their death bury their parents’ strife. . . .

O, I am fortune’s fool! . . .

Then I defy you, stars.

Romeo speaks--

"But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?

It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!"

(Act II, Scene II)


"See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!

O that I were a glove upon that hand,

that I might touch that cheek!"

(Act II, Scene II)


Shakespeare was truly a master at painting a beautiful image with words.

I thought that you would enjoy the above quotes more if you could see them within the context of the words that accompany them.

[Juliet appears above at a window.]

Romeo Speaks:

But soft! what light through yonder window breaks?

It is the east, and Juliet is the sun! —


Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,

Who is already sick and pale with grief,

That thou her maid art far more fair than she:

Be not her maid, since she is envious;

Her vestal livery is but sick and green,

And none but fools do wear it; cast it off. —


It is my lady; O, it is my love!

O, that she knew she were! —

She speaks, yet she says nothing: what of that?


Her eye discourses, I will answer it. —

I am too bold, 'tis not to me she speaks:

Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,

Having some business, do entreat her eyes

To twinkle in their spheres till they return.


What if her eyes were there, they in her head?

The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars,

As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven

Would through the airy region stream so bright

That birds would sing and think it were not night. —


See how she leans her cheek upon her hand!

O that I were a glove upon that hand,

That I might touch that cheek!


Juliet speaks:

Ah me!

(Act II, Scene II)


J Maybe Juliet is sighing about the shoes??


Romeo speaks:

She speaks: — O, speak again, bright angel! for thou art

As glorious to this night, being o'er my head,

As is a winged messenger of heaven

Unto the white-upturned wondering eyes

Of mortals that fall back to gaze on him

When he bestrides the lazy-pacing clouds

And sails upon the bosom of the air.

(Act II, Scene II)


Juliet Speaks:

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.

(Act II, Scene II)



Juliet speaks:

'Tis but thy name that is my enemy; —

Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.

What's Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,

Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part

Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!

What's in a name? that which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet;

So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,

Retain that dear perfection which he owes

Without that title: — Romeo, doff thy name;

And for that name, which is no part of thee,

Take all myself.

(Act II, Scene II)



Juliet speaks:

Sweet, so would I:

Yet I should kill thee with much cherishing.

Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow

That I shall say good night till it be morrow.

(Act II, Scene II)


Romeo speaks:

I dreamt my lady came and found me dead, —

Strange dream, that gives a dead man leave to think! —

And breath'd such life with kisses in my lips,

That I reviv'd, and was an emperor.

Ah me! how sweet is love itself possess'd,

When but love's shadows are so rich in joy!

(Act V, Scene1)


Prince speaks:

A glooming peace this morning with it brings;

The sun for sorrow will not show his head.

Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things;

Some shall be pardon'd, and some punished;

For never was a story of more woe

Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

(Act V, Scene III)

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