‘Romeo and Juliet’ Quotes

Thursday, August 11 by Travis Petersen

"Romeo and Juliet" quotes are familiar to many movie lovers through the 1968 film that has become the definitive film version of Shakespeare's classic star-crossed lovers tale and illuminate the overwhelming power of teenage love. This 1968 film version, directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starring Leonard Whiting and the beautiful Olivia Hussey as one of literature's most famous couples, captures the famous "Romeo and Juliet" quotes in beautiful filmmaking that does not eliminate the theatrical nature of the story, but enhances it. Here are some of the most memorable "Romeo and Juliet" quotes.

  1. "Parting is such sweet sorrow." This line from Juliet has entered the cultural lexicon, along with many other "Romeo and Juliet" quotes. It illuminates the bittersweet nature of a lover leaving because the person left behind is sad but happy to have something to look forward to in the lover's return. It is one of Shakespeare's most famous lines.
  2. "A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life." This, from the prologue, is spoken by the narrator, outlining the story and its main themes. You can merely listen to the prologue and know the entire story, but, as with most Shakespeare, the play's the thing, not the plot.
  3. "My only love sprung from my only hate." This, another "Romeo and Juliet" quote from Juliet, illustrates the star-crossed nature of their love, as they are from warring families, yet cannot get enough of each other. It is a classic Shakespearean use of antithetical statements to increase a line's power.
  4. "But soft; what light through yonder window breaks?" Thus begins Romeo's famous monologue about Juliet's beauty, a centerpiece of both the play and the movie and often misquoted by those trying to make Shakespeare's language sound even more "Shakespearean" by changing "breaks" to "breaketh." It is one of the most commonly mistaken "Romeo and Juliet" quotes.
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