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Shakespeare Quotes on Love

Shakespeare's advice on love, perfect for weddings and other romantic occasions

Shakespeare's lines on love are perhaps some of his most well-known. His plays and poems are full of romantic phrases and advice for those in love that you can use at weddings or use to impress your special someone. However, Shakespeare writes of the dangers of love in addition to the joys. 

Top Shakespeare Quotes on Love

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? / Thou art more lovely and more temperate

— Sonnet 18, Lines 1-2

The course of true love never did run smooth

— A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 1 Scene 1, line 134; Lysander to Hermia
Two of the lovers hold both hands, but at arms' length. The fair-haired lady wears a red full-length dress and an embroidered gold cloak; the dark-haired man, who is a head taller, is also wearing  gold embroidered clothes.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, RSC, 1994

If music be the food of love, play on

— Twelfth Night, Act 1 Scene 1, line 1; Duke Orsino

Speak low, if you speak love

— Much Ado About Nothing, Act 2 Scene 1, line 91; Don Pedro to Hero
Two characters (Beatrice and Benedick?) stand staring into each other's eyes.
Much Ado About Nothing, RSC, 1990

The sight of lovers feedeth those in love

— As You Like It, Act 2 Scene 4, line 54; Rosalind to Corin and Celia

There’s beggary in the love that can be reckoned

— Antony and Cleopatra, Act 1 Scene 1, line 15; Antony to Cleopatra
Cleopatra (dark, straight hair falling either side of her face) is smiling lovingly at someone out of sight.
Antony and Cleopatra, RSC, 2006

A heart to love, and in that heart / Courage, to make’s love known

— Macbeth, Act 2 Scene 3, lines 115-16, Macbeth to Macduff

Love sought, is good; but given unsought, is better

— Twelfth Night, Act 3 Scene 1, line 153; Olivia to Viola
Two men at the back balance on a couch. Two standing ladies are to the right of them, one to the left, and a number are sitting on the floor in front of them.
Twelfth Night, 1893

Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind, / And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind

— A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 1 Scene 1, lines 234-35; Helena

Hear my soul speak: / The very instant that I saw you, did / My heart fly to your service

— The Tempest, Act 3 Scene 1, Lines 63-65; Ferdinand to Miranda

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