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35 Shakespeare in Love Quotes for Every Heart

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Explore the ageless charm of “Shakespeare in Love” quotations, where the passion of romance and the Bard’s eloquence collide. These moving words take us back to a time of passion and mystery while capturing the essence of love in all of its manifestations. Come along on a trip through the timeless phrases that perfectly express love, desire, and devotion.

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Shakespeare in Love Quotes

Love and Inspiration:

  • Viola De Lesseps: “I will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love. Love above all. Not the artful postures of love, but love that overthrows life. Unbiddable, ungovernable, like a riot in the heart, and nothing to be done, come ruin or rapture.”

  • William Shakespeare: “My story starts at sea… a perilous voyage to an unknown land… a shipwreck… the wild waters roar and heave… the brave vessel is dashed all to pieces, and all the helpless souls within her drowned… all save one… a lady I had never laid eyes upon before…”

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Wit and Passion:

  • William Shakespeare: “You will never age for me, nor fade, nor die.”

  • Viola De Lesseps: “Can you love a fool?”

    • William Shakespeare: “Can you love a player?”
  • Nurse: “Lord Wessex was looking at you tonight.”

    • Viola De Lesseps: “All the men at court are without poetry. If they see me, they see my father’s fortune. I will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love. Love above all.”

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On fate and destiny:

  • William Shakespeare: “It’s as if my life were written for me, performed on the stage by players who had never met…”

  • Philip Henslowe: “Natural causes… there must be some. Mr. Shakespeare, it is said you are writing a history play for Burbage.”

    • William Shakespeare: “A comedy! ‘Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter.'”

On the power of words:

  • Viola De Lesseps (as Thomas Kent): “My name is Thomas Kent, and I am a—”

    • **William Shakespeare: ** “—poet! You are a poet! And what is your tragedy?”
  • William Shakespeare “Where should this music be? I hear it all around me but I cannot – Oh my God, what a noise.”

Humorous and Playful:

  • Viola De Lesseps: “Mister Shakespeare, I need no words.”

  • Queen Elizabeth: “The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.”

    • William Shakespeare: “So what do we do?”
    • Queen Elizabeth: “Nothing. Strangely enough, it all turns out well.”
    • William Shakespeare: “How?”
    • Queen Elizabeth: “I don’t know. It’s a mystery.”

On the nature of theater:

  • Fennyman: “So what do we do?”

    • Henslowe: “Nothing. Strangely enough, it all turns out well.”
    • Fennyman: “How?”
    • Henslowe: “I don’t know, it’s a mystery.”
  • William Shakespeare: “My muse, as always, is Aphrodite.”

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On the bittersweetness of love:

  • William Shakespeare: “Goodbye, my love. A thousand times goodbye.”

  • Viola De Lesseps: “Write me well.”

A touch of the whimsical:

  • Boatman: “Where to?”
    • Shakespeare: “I don’t know. It’s a mystery.”


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On ambition and dreams:

  • Viola De Lesseps: “I will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love. Love above all.”

  • William Shakespeare (to Viola): “Will you help me? Help me find the words.”

On the transformative power of love:

  • Viola De Lesseps: “Calf-love. I loved the writer and gave up the prize for a sonnet.”

Moments of self-doubt:

  • William Shakespeare: “I have no words. Nothing.”

The playfulness of romance:

  • Viola De Lesseps: “Mr. Shakespeare, we hardly know each other.”
    • William Shakespeare: “My lady, I have walked in dreams since I saw you.”


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On the fleeting nature of beauty:

  • William Shakespeare: “You will never age for me, nor fade, nor die.”

The humor of mistaken identity:

  • Ralph: “‘Tis a dog. Feste the fool said that.”
    • Wabash: “Feste the fool? A part for me at last!”

On the magic of the theater:

  • Viola De Lesseps: “Oh, but I will be Valentine and Sylvia too.”
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The challenge of forbidden love:

  • William Shakespeare: “I have a wife, yes, and I cannot marry the daughter of Sir Robert De Lesseps. You needed no wife come from Stratford to tell you that, and yet, you let me come to your bed.”

On the power of the written word:

  • William Shakespeare: “How did she know what love was? She had the words.”

On the challenges of artistic creation:

  • Philip Henslowe: “Where is the play?”
    • William Shakespeare: “In my head! I promise you!”

A touch of cynicism:

  • Lord Wessex: “Well she cannot be a boy, there are laws against it.”

On the fleeting nature of life:

  • William Shakespeare: “Death… It’s just a trick of the light.”

On the joy of performance:

  • Ned Alleyn: “Give them something to remember!”

On the transformative power of performance:

  • Viola: “I had always hated the theater, and now I come here every night.”

On the importance of love:

  • Christopher Marlowe: “Why is it that one can believe in the love of Romeo and Juliet, but not in our own?”

On the pain of heartbreak:

  • Viola: “Don’t worry my lord. This play was written as a comedy.”

On the allure of forbidden passions:

  • William Shakespeare: “I would give my life if you were to come with me.”

On the enduring power of words:

  • William Shakespeare: “Strange, how a line, a word, will find us…”


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