Top Ten: Shakespeare On Love QuotationsDate: 26 April 2011
Our final blast of Shakespeare features, to tie in with his birthday this past Saturday (he turned 447 on 23 April), also takes inspiration from this Friday’s Royal Wedding. The subject, of course, is love – though we trust that Prince William and Kate Middleton’s romance will prove less star-crossed than that of Romeo and Juliet!
Choosing a selection of Shakespeare quotes is like picking grains of sand from a beach. Especially when the subject is love, on which the Bard was something of an authority. Here’s a selection of some of our favourites. Please add yours in the comments section below.
Ay, me! For aught that I could never read,
Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs,
What's in a name? That which we call a rose
If it prove so, then loving goes by haps:
But love is blind and lovers cannot see
O, come, let us remove:
Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul
He eats nothing but doves, love, and that breeds hot blood, and hot blood begets hot thoughts, and hot thoughts beget hot deeds, and hot deeds is love.
If music be the food of love, play on;
What! a speaker is but a prater; a rhyme is but a ballad. A good leg will fall; a straight back will stoop; a black beard will turn white; a curled pate will grow bald; a fair face will wither; a full eye will wax hollow: but a good heart, Kate, is the sun and the moon; or, rather, the sun, and not the moon; for it shines bright and never changes, but keeps his course truly.