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John Bartlett, comp. (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.
 
William Shakespeare. (1564-1616)
 
Romeo and Juliet.
 
 
1
    The weakest goes to the wall.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act i. Sc. 1.
2
    Gregory, remember thy swashing blow.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act i. Sc. 1.
3
    An hour before the worshipp’d sun
Peered forth the golden window of the east.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act i. Sc. 1.
4
    As is the bud bit with an envious worm
Ere he can spread his sweet leaves to the air,
Or dedicate his beauty to the sun.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act i. Sc. 1.
5
    Saint-seducing gold.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act i. Sc. 1.
6
    He that is strucken blind cannot forget
The precious treasure of his eyesight lost.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act i. Sc. 1.
7
    One fire burns out another’s burning,
One pain is lessen’d by another’s anguish. 1
          Romeo and Juliet. Act i. Sc. 2.
8
    That book in many’s eyes doth share the glory
That in gold clasps locks in the golden story.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act i. Sc. 3.
9
    For I am proverb’d with a grandsire phrase.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act i. Sc. 4.
10
    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
On the fore-finger of an alderman,
Drawn with a team of little atomies
Athwart men’s noses as they lie asleep.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act i. Sc. 4.
  
  
  
11
    Made by the joiner squirrel or old grub,
Time out o’ mind the fairies’ coachmakers.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act i. Sc. 4.
12
    Sometime she driveth o’er a soldier’s neck,
And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats,
Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades,
Of healths five-fathom deep; and then anon
Drums in his ear, at which he starts and wakes,
And being thus frighted swears a prayer or two
And sleeps again.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act i. Sc. 4.
13
    True, I talk of dreams,
Which are the children of an idle brain,
Begot of nothing but vain fantasy.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act i. Sc. 4.
14
    For you and I are past our dancing days. 2
          Romeo and Juliet. Act i. Sc. 5.
15
    It seems she hangs 3 upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act i. Sc. 5.
16
    Shall have the chinks.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act i. Sc. 5.
17
    Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
          Romeo and Juliet. Act i. Sc. 5.
18
    Young Adam Cupid, he that shot so trim,
When King Cophetua loved the beggar maid!
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 1.
19
    He jests at scars that never felt a wound.
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 2. 4
20
    See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 2. 5
21
    O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 2. 6
22
    What ’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 2. 7
23
    For stony limits cannot hold love out.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 2. 8
24
    Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye
Than twenty of their swords.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 2. 9
25
    At lovers’ perjuries,
They say, Jove laughs. 10
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 2. 11
26
    Rom. Lady, by yonder blessed moon I swear,
That tips with silver all these fruit-tree tops—
Jul. O, swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon,
That monthly changes in her circled orb,
Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 2. 12
27
    The god of my idolatry.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 2. 13
28
    Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be
Ere one can say, “It lightens.”
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 2. 14
29
    This bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath,
May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 2. 15
30
    How silver-sweet sound lovers’ tongues by night,
Like softest music to attending ears!
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 2. 16
31
    Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 2.
32
    O, mickle is the powerful grace that lies
In herbs, plants, stones, and their true qualities:
For nought so vile that on the earth doth live
But to the earth some special good doth give,
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.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 3.
33
    Care keeps his watch in every old man’s eye,
And where care lodges, sleep will never lie.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 3.
34
    Thy old groans ring yet in my ancient ears.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 3.
35
    Stabbed with a white wench’s black eye.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 4.
36
    The courageous captain of complements.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 4.
37
    One, two, and the third in your bosom.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 4.
38
    O flesh, flesh, how art thou fishified!
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 4.
39
    I am the very pink of courtesy.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 4.
40
    A gentleman, nurse, that loves to hear himself talk, and will speak more in a minute than he will stand to in a month.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 4.
41
    My man ’s as true as steel. 17
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 4.
42
    These violent delights have violent ends.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 6.
43
    Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 6.
44
    Here comes the lady! O, so light a foot
Will ne’er wear out the everlasting flint.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 6.
45
    Thy head is as full of quarrels as an egg is full of meat.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act iii. Sc. 1.
46
    A word and a blow. 18
          Romeo and Juliet. Act iii. Sc. 1.
47
    A plague o’ both your houses!
          Romeo and Juliet. Act iii. Sc. 1.
48
    Rom. Courage, man; the hurt cannot be much.
Mer. No, ’t is not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church-door; but ’t is enough, ’t will serve.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act iii. Sc. 1.
49
    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.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act iii. Sc. 2.
50
    Beautiful tyrant! fiend angelical!
          Romeo and Juliet. Act iii. Sc. 2.
51
    Was ever book containing such vile matter
So fairly bound? O, that deceit should dwell
In such a gorgeous palace!
          Romeo and Juliet. Act iii. Sc. 2.
52
    Thou cutt’st my head off with a golden axe.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act iii. Sc. 3.
53
    They may seize
On the white wonder of dear Juliet’s hand
And steal immortal blessing from her lips,
Who, even in pure and vestal modesty,
Still blush, as thinking their own kisses sin.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act iii. Sc. 3.
54
    The damned use that word in hell.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act iii. Sc. 3.
55
    Adversity’s sweet milk, philosophy.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act iii. Sc. 3.
56
    Taking the measure of an unmade grave.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act iii. Sc. 3.
57
    Night’s candles are burnt out, and jocund day
Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain-tops.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act iii. Sc. 5.
58
    Straining harsh discords and unpleasing sharps.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act iii. Sc. 5.
59
    All these woes shall serve
For sweet discourses in our time to come.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act iii. Sc. 5.
60
    Villain and he be many miles asunder.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act iii. Sc. 5.
61
    Thank me no thanks, nor proud me no prouds.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act iii. Sc. 5.
62
    Not stepping o’er the bounds of modesty.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act iv. Sc. 2.
63
    My bosom’s lord sits lightly in his throne.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act v. Sc. 1.
64
    I do remember an apothecary,—
And hereabouts he dwells.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act v. Sc. 1.
65
    Meagre were his looks,
Sharp misery had worn him to the bones.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act v. Sc. 1.
66
    A beggarly account of empty boxes.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act v. Sc. 1.
67
    Famine is in thy cheeks.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act v. Sc. 1.
68
    The world is not thy friend nor the world’s law.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act v. Sc. 1.
69
    Ap. My poverty, but not my will, consents.
Rom. I pay thy poverty, and not thy will.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act v. Sc. 1.
70
    The strength
Of twenty men.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act v. Sc. 1.
71
    One writ with me in sour misfortune’s book.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act v. Sc. 3.
72
    Her beauty makes
This vault a feasting presence full of light.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act v. Sc. 3.
73
    Beauty’s ensign yet
Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks,
And death’s pale flag is not advanced there.
          Romeo and Juliet. Act v. Sc. 3.
74
    Eyes, look your last!
Arms, take your last embrace!
          Romeo and Juliet. Act v. Sc. 3.
 
Note 1.
See Chapman, Quotation 10. [back]
Note 2.
My dancing days are done.—Beaumont and Fletcher: The Scornful Lady, act v. sc. 3. [back]
Note 3.
Dyce, Knight, and White read, “Her beauty hangs.” [back]
Note 4.
Act ii. sc. 1 in White. [back]
Note 5.
Act ii. sc. 1 in White. [back]
Note 6.
Act ii. sc. 1 in White. [back]
Note 7.
Act ii. sc. 1 in White. [back]
Note 8.
Act ii. sc. 1 in White. [back]
Note 9.
Act ii. sc. 1 in White. [back]
Note 10.
Perjuria ridet amantum Jupiter (Jupiter laughs at the perjuries of lovers).—Tibullus, iii. 6, 49. [back]
Note 11.
Act ii. sc. 1 in White. [back]
Note 12.
Act ii. sc. 1 in White. [back]
Note 13.
Act ii. sc. 1 in White. [back]
Note 14.
Act ii. sc. 1 in White. [back]
Note 15.
Act ii. sc. 1 in White. [back]
Note 16.
Act ii. sc. 1 in White. [back]
Note 17.
True as steel.—Geoffrey Chaucer: Troilus and Creseide, book v. Compare Troilus and Cressida, act iii. sc. 2. [back]
Note 18.
Word and a blow.—John Dryden: Amphitryon, act i. sc. 1. John Bunyan: Pilgrim’s Progress, part i. [back]
 

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