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50+ Famous Romeo & Juliet Quotes (Love, Conflict, Fate, Stars & Death)

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These most timeless and famous Romeo and Juliet quotes are worthy of every re-read and cover all of the book's main themes about love, fate, stars, conflict, and death.

I can still remember reading Romeo and Juliet in high school English class, portraying all the scenes and diving into context and analyses. Ironically, the 1996 Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes movie adaptation came out at *exactly* the same time. Writing this post brought me right back to these moments.

If you are a Gilmore Girls fan: Romeo and Juliet is also on the Rory Gilmore book list and can be read as part of my Gilmore Girls reading challenge!

Famous Romeo and Juliet Quotes

Below are the most famous Romeo and Juliet quotes from the main characters in Romeo and Juliet, followed by the best Romeo and Juliet quotes about love, conflict, fate, stars and death -- all of which are the prevailing themes of the famed William Shakespeare play.

The Most Famous Romeo and Juliet Quotes

What is Romeo's most famous quote?

"But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the East, and Juliet is the sun."

What is the most important quote in Romeo and Juliet?

"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."

This quote identifies the familial conflict at the heart of the play, and in choosing Romeo over her family, Juliet sets into motion the consequential chain of events that lead to Romeo's and Juliet's deaths.

What did Romeo say to Juliet before he died?

"Here's to my love! O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die."

What are Juliet's last words?

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

What is the most famous line in Romeo and Juliet?

Romeo and Juliet is most known for the line Juliet speaks in the balcony scene: "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?"

What at the last words in Romeo and Juliet?

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

Who says the last line in Romeo and Juliet?

The Prince of Verona speaks this final line in Romeo and Juliet: "For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo."


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Best Romeo and Juliet Quotes About Love

How does Romeo describe love?

"Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, A choking gall, and a preserving sweet."

"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."

"Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight, For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night."

"Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, A choking gall, and a preserving sweet."

“Love is heavy and light, bright and dark, hot and cold, sick and healthy, asleep and awake- its everything except what it is!"

"Parting is such sweet sorrow.”

"With love’s light wings did I o’erperch these walls, For stony limits cannot hold love out."

"See how she leans her cheek upon her hand, O that I were a glove upon that hand that I might touch that cheek!"

"But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the East, and Juliet is the sun."

"One fairer than my love? the all-seeing sun Ne’er saw her match since first the world begun."

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

"O, swear not by the moon, th' inconstant moon, That monthly changes in her circled orb, Lest that thy love prove likewise variable."

"Under love's heavy burden do I sink."

"You are a lover. Borrow Cupid's wings And soar with them above a common bound."

"Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books, But love from love, toward school with heavy looks."

"If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark."

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

“Love moderately. Long love doth so. Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow."

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

"Alas, that love, so gentle in his view, Should be so tyrannous and rough in proof."

"Lovers can do their amorous rites by their own beauties."

"Young men’s love then lies Not truly in their hearts but in their eyes."

"For stony limits cannot hold love out, And what love can do that dares love attempt."

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

"Do thou but close our hands with holy words, Then love-devouring death do what he dare; It is enough I may but call her mine."


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Best Romeo and Juliet Quotes About Conflict

“Two households, both alike in dignity In fair Verona, where we lay our scene
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean."

"What, drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word. As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee."

“A plague o’ both your houses!”

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet."

"My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me, That I must love a loathed enemy."

“Why then, O brawling love! O loving hate! O any thing, of nothing first create!
O heavy lightness, serious vanity, Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms,
Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health, Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is! This love feel I, that feel no love in this.”

“Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.”

"All are punished."

"These violent delights have violent ends, And in their triumph die."


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Best Romeo and Juliet Quotes About Fate

How is fate shown in Romeo and Juliet quotes?

The fate of Romeo and Juliet is first shown in the opening lines of the Prologue of Romeo and Juliet, which describes them as "star-crossed lovers" and states that "their deaths bury their parents' strife."

Fate is further foreshadowed through such lines as Juliet's describing of her wedding bed as a grave, and in Friar Lawrence's warnings to love more slowly.

"From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Do with their death bury their parents' strife.”

"What must be shall be."

"If he be married my grave is like to be my wedding bed."

"O, I am Fortune's fool!"

"Go wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast."

"I must be gone and live, or stay and die."

"For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo."


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Best Romeo and Juliet Quotes About Stars

What does Romeo say about the stars?

 “I defy you, stars[.]”

"From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life."

"I fear too early, for my mind misgives; Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars,
Shall bitterly begin."

“I defy you, stars.”

"Give me my Romeo; and, when he 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."

“O, here Will I set up my everlasting rest, And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars
From this world-wearied flesh. Eyes, look your last! Arms, take your last embrace! and, lips, O you The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss A dateless bargain to engrossing death!”


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Best Romeo and Juliet Quotes About Death

"These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, Which, as they kiss, consume."

“O, here Will I set up my everlasting rest, And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars
From this world-wearied flesh. Eyes, look your last! Arms, take your last embrace! and, lips, O you The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss A dateless bargain to engrossing death!”

"Death, that hath sucked the honey of thy breath, Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty."

"Some grief shows much of love, But much of grief shows still some want of wit."

"Death lies on her like an untimely frost Upon the sweetest flower of all the field."

"Thus with a kiss I die."


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