Romeo and Juliet Acts 1-3 Important Quotes

What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word,
As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee
Have at thee, coward

Speaker: Tybalt
To: Benvolio
I hate peace as much as I hate hell, Montagues and you
-Characterises Tybalt: likes to fight, harsh

I do put keep the peace. Put up thy sword
Or manage it to part these men with me

Speaker: Benvolio
To: Tybalt
I keep the peace. Put away your sword, or use it to kill me.
-Characterises Benvolio: Peaceful

On pain of torture, from those bloody hands
Throw your mistempered weapons to the ground
And hear the sentence of your moved

Speaker: Prince
To: everyone that is fighting
Explication: Rebels! Enemies of peace! Stop fighting against one and other or there will be consequences!
-if they fight about silly things, how will they feel about a marriage between the two fami

Both of myself and many other friends,
But he, his own affections' counselor
Is to himself (I will not say how true)
But to himself so secret and so close
Could we but learn from whence his sorrows grow.
We would willingly give cure as now

Speaker: Lord Montague
To: Benvolio
Romeo has been active very secretive, sad and quiet lately. Could you help us figure out what is wrong?
-Shows that the Montagues care about their son, but don't really know what to do
-They are

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs,
being purged, a fire sparking in lovers' eyes,
Being vexed, seas nourished with loving tears.

Speaker: Romeo
To: Benvolio
(very generalised) Love is really hard and sad
-personification of love
-Shows Romeo's heartbreak
-Characterises Romeo: romantic, sorrowful

My Child is but a stranger in the world
She hath not yet seen the change of fourteen years
Let two more summers wither in their pride
Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride

Speaker: Lord Capulet
To: Paris
My Child is young. She isn't even 14 years old. Maybe in two years she will be old enough to be a bride
-Capulets care about Juliet
-points out the fact that she is YOUNG

Younger than she are happy mothers made

Speaker: Paris
To: Lord Capulet
Many mothers are younger than Juliet and they are happy
-trying to make his point to Lord Capulet and win Juliet

Not mad, but bound up more than a madman is:
Shut up in prison, kept without my food,
Whipt and tormented

Speaker: Romeo
To: Benvolio
I'm not mad, but I am bound up more than a mad man is. I'm shut up in prison, and deprived of food. I'm whipped and tormented
-metaphor: Romeo is not actually whipped to tortured, but he feels this way

Now I'll tell you without asking. My master is the great rich Capulet
And if you be not of the house of Montagues, I pray you come
And crush a cup of wine. Rest your merry.

Speaker: Capulet Servant
To: Romeo
My master is Lord Capulet, and if you aren't a Montague, come to his party tonight
-sets up rest of play/plot: Romeo will meet Juliet @ the party
-foreshadowing: if you are NOT a Montague...but R

Go thither, and with untainted eye
Compare her face with some that I shall show;
And I will make thee think thy swan a crow

Speaker: Benvolio
to Romeo
Go to the party with an open eye, compare her face with some others, and you will find her less attractive
-foreshadowing: he meets Juliet
-Metaphor: Comparison of Rosaline to different birds (swan and c

This is the matter. Nurse, give leave a while,
We must talk in secret. Nurse come back gain,
I have remembered me, thou s'hear out counsel

Speaker: Lady Capulet
To: Nurse
Nurse, leave us alone for a bit. Actually, come back and hear what we are talking about
-Lady Capulet doesn't know Juliet well enough
-The nurse knows Juliet better, so Lady Capulet wants the nurse

Peace, I have done. God mark thee to his grace,
Thou wast the prettiest babe that e'er I nursed.
And I might live to see thee married once,
I have my wish

Speaker: Nurse
To: Juliet
You were the prettiest baby I ever nursed, and if I can see you marry once, I will have my wish
-Foreshadowing: "see you married once

It is an honour I dream not of.

Speaker: Juliet
To: Lady Capulet
(referring to getting married) It is something amazing, but I have never really thought about it
-highlights the fact that Juliet is very YOUNG
-she has not yet begun to think of marriage

Well, think of marriage now; younger than you,
Here in Verona, ladies of esteem,
Are made already mothers. By my count,
I was your mother much upon these years

Speaker: Lady Capulet
To: Juliet
Begin to think about marriage because in Verona, lots of esteemed girls younger than you are mothers. I became your mother when I was about your age
-although Juliet is young, she isn't that young

I'll look to like if looking liking move;
But no more deep will I endart mine
Than your consent gives strength to make it fly

Speaker: Juliet
To: Lady Capulet
Explication: I'll look at him and try to like him, at least if what I see is likable. But I won't let myself fall for him any more than your permission allows.
-needs permission from parents, even for someone t

Give me a torch, I am not for this ambling;
Being but heavy, I will bear the light

Speaker: Romeo
To: Mercutio
Explication: Give me a torch. I don't want to dance. I feel sad, so let me be the one who carries the light.
-allusion to light
-Juliet= light
-sad because of love

If love be rough with you, be rough with love:
Prick love for pricking, and you beat love

Speaker: Mercutio
To: Romeo
Explication: If love plays rough with you, play rough with love
-personifies love
-allusion to sex "play rough with love"
-foreshadowing: get over this past love and be rough with a new love

O then I see Queen Mab hath been with you
She is the fairies' midwife, and she comes
In shape no bigger than an agate-stone

Speaker: Mercutio
To: Romeo
Explication: Oh, then I see you've been with Queen Mab. She's the fairies' midwife. She's no bigger than the stone on a city councilman's ring.
-use of Puns (Queen-Quean=prostitute)
-characterize Mercutio: fun, uses

True, I talk of dreams,
Which are the children of an idle brain,
Begot of nothing but vain fantasy

Speaker: Mercutio
To: Romeo
Explication: True. I'm talking about dreams, which are the products of a brain that's doing nothing. Dreams are nothing but silly imagination,
-metaphor: dreams= children of an idle brain
-lightheartedness, fun lovi

I fear too early, for my mind misgives
Some consequence yet hanging in thest arts
Shall bitterly bring his fearful date
With this night's revels

Speaker: Romeo
To: Benvolio
Explication: I'm worried we'll get there too early. I have a feeling this party tonight will be the start of something bad
-foreshadowing!!- "consequence yet hanging"
- will end in death

O she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs uopn the cheeck of night
As a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear--
Beauty to rick for use, for earth too dear.

Speaker: Romeo
To: Servingman (but really himself)
Explication: Oh, she shows the torches how to burn bright! She stands out against the darkness like a jeweled earring hanging against the cheek of an African. Her beauty is too good for this world; she's

Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe:
A villain that is hither come in spire,
To scorn at our solemnity this night.

Speaker: Tybalt
To: Lord Capulet
Uncle, he is a Montague, our enemy. He is here to scorn our family honor
-foreshadowing: Tybalt is mad about this now, and will be mad about it later

Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone,
'A bears him like a portly gentleman;
And to say truth, Verona brags of him
To be a virtuous and well-governed youth

Speaker: Lord Capulet
To: Tybalt
Its OK. Romeo is a gentleman, and the people of Verona say he is a good kid.
Juliet's father doesn't despise Romeo

If I profane with my unworthiest hand
This hold shrine, the gentle sin is this,
My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss

Speaker: Romeo
To: Juliet
Explication: Your hand is like a holy place that my hand is unworthy to visit. If you're offended by the touch of my hand, my two lips are standing here like blushing pilgrims, ready to make things better with a kiss.

Good pilgrim, you do wrong you hands too much
Which mannerly devotion shows in this,
For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch,
And palm to palm in holy palmer's kiss

Speaker: Juliet
To: Romeo
Explication: Good pilgrim, you don't give your hand enough credit. By holding my hand you show polite devotion. After all, pilgrims touch the hands of statues of saints. Holding one palm against another is like a kiss.

Marry, bachelor,
Her mother is the lady of the house,
And a good lady, and a wise and virtuous
I nurse her daughter that you talked withal

Speaker: Nurse
To: Romeo
Her mom is Lady Capulet and I nurse her daughter (Juliet) who you were just talking to
-nurse's loyalty to Capulets
-willingness to accept Romeo
-Capulets treat her well

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

Speaker: Romeo
To: Nurse
My only love comes from my only hate! I know it too late!
-use of opposites: (love/hate; early/late) which portray the chaos and confusion in Romeo's life
-use of rhyming couplets

It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!

Speaker: Romeo
To: Juliet
Explication: Juliet is the sun which rises in the East!
-Juliet=beautiful, light of the world
-she brightens Romeo's world and controls his heart
-allusion to light

Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven
Having some business, do entreat her eye.
To twinkle in their spheres till they return

Speaker: Romeo
To: Juliet
Explication: Two of the brightest stars in the whole sky had to go away on business and they're asking her eyes to twinkle in their places until they return.
-Juliet's eyes are compared to heaven= stunning
-Romeo= lov

Speak again, bright angle, for thou art
As glorious to this night, being o'er my head,
As is a winged messenger of heaven
Unto the white-upturned wandering eyes
Of mortals that fall back to gaze on her

Speaker: Romeo
To: Juliet
Explication: Speak again, my angel, you are as glorious as an angel tonight. You shine above me, like a winged messenger from heaven who makes mortal men fall on their backs to look up at the sky, watching the angel walking on th

WIth love's light winds did o'er perch these walls;
For stony limits cannot hold love out

Speaker: Romeo
To: Juliet
Explication: I flew over these walls with the light wings of love, because stone walls cannot hold back out love
-their love= strong and powerful
-Romeo= not looking back because his love for Juliet is REALY and he fe

I have no joy of this contract tonight
It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden;
To like the lightning which doth cease to be
Ere one can say 'it lightens'

Speaker: Juliet
To: Romeo
Explication: I can't take joy in this exchange of promises tonight. It is too crazy. We haven't done enough thinking. It's too sudden. It's too much like lightning which flashes and disappears before you can say "It's lightning

Nor aught so good but strain'd from that fair use
Revolts from true birth stumbling on abuse:
Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied;
And vice sometimes by action dignified

Speaker: Friar Lawrence
To: Romeo
Explication: And there is nothing that does not turn bad if it's put to the wrong use and abused. Virtue turns to vice if it's misused. Vice sometimes becomes virtue through the right activity.
-Friar Lawrence

Then plainly know my heart's dear love is set
On the fair daughter of rich Capulet;
As mine on hers is set on mine. And all combined,
Save what thou must combine by holy marriage

Speaker: Romeo
To: Friar Lawrence
Explication: I love rich Capulet's daughter. I love her, and she loves me. We're bound to each other in every possible way, except we need you to marry us
-Romeo and Juliet= ready for marriage, came to mutual

Young men's love then lies
Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes

Speaker: Friar Lawrence
To: Romeo
Explication: Young men love with their eyes, not their hearts
-physical beauty vs internal beauty
-love= superficial
-allusion to eyes: you don't know love, they just like what they see

In one respect I'll assistant be;
For this alliance may so happy prove
To turn your household's rancor to pure love

Speaker: Friar Lawrence
To: Romeo
Explication: I'll help you will you secret wedding. This marriage may be lucky enough to turn the hatred between your families into pure love
-Friar Lawrence is agreeing, but only in an attempt to unite their

The clock struck nine when I did send the nurse;
In half an hour she promis'd to return
Perchance she cannot meet him: that's not so

Speaker: Juliet
To: Audience
Explication: I sent the nurse at nine o'clock. Maybe she can't find him. That can't be
-Juliet=anxious, excited, impatient
-impatient is a quality of a lot of young people...highlights her youth

She would be as swift in motion as a ball;
My words would bandy her to my sweet love;
And his to me

Speaker: Juliet
To: audience
Explication: If she was young and passionate, she'd move as fast as a ball. My words would bounce her to my sweet love, and his words would bounce her back to me.
-opposites: old nurse...takes forever vs young juli

He is not the flower of courtesy,
but, I'll warrant him, as gentle as a lamb

Speaker: Nurse
To: Juliet
Explication: He's not the most polite man in the world, but, believe me, he's as gentle as a lamb
-Nurse: wants what is best for Juliet and knows Romeo will take care of her
-Simile: gentle as a lamb

I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire.
The day is hot; the Capulets, abroad;
And if we meet we shall not 'scape a brawl,
For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring.

Benvolio --> Mercutio
Explication: I'm begging you, good Mercutio, let's call it a day. It's hot outside, and the Capulets are wandering around. If we bump into them, we'll certainly get into a fight. When it's hot outside, people become angry and hot-blo

We talk here in the public haunt of men.
Either withdraw unto some private place,
And reason coldly of your grievances,
Or else depart. Here all eyes gaze on us.

Benvolio --> Mercutio & Tybalt
Explication: We're talking here in a public place. Either go someplace private, or talk it over rationally, or else just go away. Out here everybody can see us.
Importance: Characterizes Benvolio, describes family feud

Romeo, the love I bear thee can afford
No better term than this: thou art a villain.

Tybalt --> Romeo
Explication: Romeo, there's only one thing I can call you. You're a villain.
Importance: Shows Tybalt's rage and his perspective of the Montagues

Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee
Doth much excuse the appertaining rage
To such a greeting. Villain am I none.
Therefore, farewell. I see thou know'st me not.

Romeo --> Tybalt
Explication: Tybalt, I have a reason to love you that lets me put aside the rage I should feel and excuse that insult. I am no villain. So, goodbye. I can tell that you don't know who I am.
Importance: Romeo's underlying feelings about Ju

I do protest I never injured thee,
But love thee better than thou canst devise,
Till thou shalt know the reason of my love.
And so, good Capulet�which name I tender
As dearly as my own�be satisfied.

Romeo --> Tybalt
Explication: I disagree. I've never done you harm. I love you more than you can understand until you know the reason why I love you. And so, good Capulet�which is a name I love like my own name�you should be satisfied with what I say.

Why the devil came you between us? I was hurt under your arm.

Mercutio --> Romeo
Explication: Why the hell did you come in between us? He struck me from under your arm.
Importance: Mercutio does not like the way that Romeo intervened because he wants to fight Tybalt

I am hurt.
A plague o' both your houses! I am sped.

Mercutio --> Romeo & Benvolio
Explication: I've been hurt. May a plague curse both your families. I'm finished.
Importance: Mercutio's final words as his life comes to an end, overcomes feud and wishes harm on both families

Come, gentle night, come, loving, black-browed night,
Give me my Romeo. And when I 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 gar

Juliet --> herself
Explication: Come, gentle night. Come, loving, dark night. Give me my Romeo. And when I die, turn him into stars and form a constellation in his image. His face will make the heavens so beautiful that the world will fall in love with th

Ah, welladay! He's dead, he's dead, he's dead!
We are undone, lady, we are undone!
Alack the day! He's gone, he's killed, he's dead!

Nurse --> Juliet
Explication: Oh, it's a sad day! He's dead. He's dead. He's dead! We're ruined, lady, we're ruined! What an awful day! He's gone. He's been killed. He's dead!
Importance: Nurse shouts about someone being dead, which get Juliet worried abo

What storm is this that blows so contrary? Is Romeo slaughtered, and is Tybalt dead?

Juliet --> Nurse
Explication: What disaster is this? Has Romeo been killed, and is Tybalt dead too?
Importance: Juliet worries that Romeo is dead with Tybalt

There is no world without Verona walls
But purgatory, torture, hell itself.
Hence "banish�d" is banished from the world,
And world's exile is death.

Romeo --> Friar Lawrence
Explication: There is no world for me outside the walls of Verona, except purgatory, torture, and hell itself. So to be banished from Verona is like being banished from the world, and being banished from the world is death.

Yet "banish�d"? Hang up philosophy!
Unless philosophy can make a Juliet,
Displant a town, reverse a prince's doom,
It helps not, it prevails not. Talk no more.

Romeo --> Friar Lawrence
Explication: You're still talking about "banished?" Forget about philosophy! Unless philosophy can create a Juliet, or pick up a town and put it somewhere else, or reverse a prince's punishment, it doesn't do me any good. Don't sa

Thou canst not speak of that thou dost not feel.
Wert thou as young as I, Juliet thy love,
An hour but married, Tybalt murder�d,
Doting like me, and like me banish�d,
Then mightst thou speak

Romeo --> Friar Lawrence
Explication: You can't talk about something that you don't feel. If you were as young as I am, if you were in love with Juliet, if you had just married her an hour ago, if then you murdered Tybalt, if you were lovesick like me, an

Go, get thee to thy love, as was decreed.
Ascend her chamber, hence, and comfort her.
But look thou stay not till the watch be set,
For then thou canst not pass to Mantua,
Where thou shalt live, till we can find a time
To blaze your marriage, reconcile yo

Friar Lawrence --> Nurse & Romeo
Explication: Go be with your love, as it was decided at your wedding. Climb up to her bedroom and comfort her. But get out of there before the night watchmen take their positions. Then you will escape to the city of Mantua

I think she will be ruled
In all respects by me. Nay, more, I doubt it not.�

Capulet --> Paris
Explication: I think she'll do whatever I say. No, I think she'll do all that and more. I have no doubt about it
Importance: Capulet is unaware of Romeo and Juliet and is sure that she will obey him, when in reality she is in love with R

These times of woe afford no time to woo.

Paris --> Capulet
Explication: These times of pain are bad times for romance.
Importance: After the death of Tybalt, it is not the best time to flirt up Juliet

Monday! Ha, ha. Well, Wednesday is too soon,
O' Thursday let it be.�O' Thursday, tell her,
She shall be married to this noble earl.�

Paris --> Capulet
Explication: Monday! Ha, ha! Well, Wednesday is too soon. Let it be on Thursday. On Thursday, tell her, she'll be married to this noble earl.
Importance: IRONY (Paris plans their wedding while Romeo and Juliet have already been wedded)

Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day.
It was the nightingale, and not the lark,
That pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear.

Juliet -->Romeo
Explication: Are you going? It's still a long time until daybreak. Don't be afraid. That sound you heard was the NIGHTINGALE, not the lark.
Importance: Contrast between light and day

Art thou gone so, love, lord? Ay, husband, friend,
I must hear from thee every day in the hour,
For in a minute there are many days.

Juliet --> Romeo
Explication: Are you gone like that, my love, my lord? Yes, my husband, my friend! I must hear from you every day in the hour. In a minute there are many days
Importance: Juliet apart from Romeo (develops)

O God, I have an ill-divining soul.
Methinks I see thee now, thou art so low
As one dead in the bottom of a tomb.
Either my eyesight fails, or thou look'st pale.

Juliet --> Romeo
Explication: Oh God, I have a soul that predicts evil things! Now that you are down there, you look like someone dead in the bottom of a tomb. Either my eyesight is failing me, or you look pale.
Importance: Juliet sees bad things in the f

Be fickle, fortune,
For then, I hope, thou wilt not keep him long,
But send him back.

Juliet --> Lady Capulet
Explication: Change your mind, luck. I hope maybe then you'll send him back home soon.
Importance: Juliet longs for Romeo's return

We will have vengeance for it, fear thou not.
Then weep no more. I'll send to one in Mantua,
Where that same banished runagate doth live,
Shall give him such an unaccustomed dram
That he shall soon keep Tybalt company.
And then, I hope, thou wilt be satis

Lady Capulet --> Juliet
Explication: We'll have revenge for it. Don't worry about that. Stop crying. I'll send a man to Mantua, where that exiled rogue is living. Our man will poison Romeo's drink, and Romeo will join Tybalt in death. And then, I hope, yo

Indeed, I never shall be satisfied
With Romeo, till I behold him�dead�
Is my poor heart for a kinsman vexed.

Juliet --> Lady Capulet
Explication: I'll never be satisfied with Romeo until I see him . . . dead�dead is how my poor heart feels when I think about my poor cousin.
Importance: Juliet schemes with Friar Lawrence about their plans

Hang thee, young baggage! Disobedient wretch!
I tell thee what: get thee to church o' Thursday,
Or never after look me in the face.
Speak not. Reply not. Do not answer me.

Capulet --> Juliet
Explication: Forget about you, you worthless girl! You disobedient wretch! I'll tell you what. Go to church on Thursday or never look me in the face again. Don't say anything. Don't reply. Don't talk back to me.
-Juliet's fa

Talk not to me, for I'll not speak a word.
Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee.

Lady Capulet --> Juliet
Explication: Don't talk to me, because I won't say a word. Do as you please, because I'm done worrying about you.
-her mother as well is done caring about Juliet
-love has gotten in the way of family ties
-love is disas

I think it best you married with the county.
Oh, he's a lovely gentleman.
Romeo's a dishclout to him. An eagle, madam,
Hath not so green, so quick, so fair an eye
As Paris hath. Beshrew my very heart,
I think you are happy in this second match,
For it exc

Nurse --> Juliet
Explication: I think the best thing to do is to marry the count. Oh, he's a lovely gentleman! Romeo's a dishcloth compared to him. Madam, an eagle does not have eyes as green, as quick, and as fair as the eyes of Paris. Curse my very hear

Well, thou hast comforted me marvelous much.

Juliet --> Nurse
Explication: Well, you have given me great comfort.
-Juliet knows the Nurse has her best interest at heart