Shakespeare Love Quotes

“Their lips were four red roses on a stalk.”
~ Richard III, Act IV, Scene III, Line 12

"Shakespeare Love Quotes are timeless in their romance, passion, humour, wit and richness of expression. Baptised on 26th April, 1564 (exact date of birth is unknown) and dying on 23th April, 1616, William Shakespeare became one of the most celebrated and famous English playwrights and poets to have ever lived. With 38 surviving plays, 154 sonnets and a number of poems, he writes of tragedies, comedies, historical accounts and is much loved for his romantic expressiveness and flare.

Here we showcase a selection of some of the most famous and beautiful William Shakespeare love quotes from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, Hamlet, King Henry V, Henry VI, Love Labour's Lost and Richard III."


Shakespeare Love Quotes showcase a selection of the best love sayings penned by William Shakespeare from some of his most famous plays:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream:
This beautiful romantic comedy, written around 1595, contains some of the most beautifully romantic Shakespeare love quotes:

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
~ Spoken by Lysander, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act I, Scene I, Line 134

“Things base and vile, holding no quantity,
Love can transpose to form and dignity.
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
~ Spoken by Helena, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act I, Scene I

“So we grew together,
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted;
But yet a union of partition,
Two lovely berries molded on one stem.
~ Spoken by Helena, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act III, Scene II

Antony and Cleopatra:
Antony and Cleopatra is a Roman tragedy set in Alexandria and Rome and first published in 1623. One of my favourite Shakespeare Love Quotes origninates from this play:

"Eternity was in our lips and eyes; Bliss in our brows bent."
~ Antony and Cleopatra, Act 1, Sc. 3, Lines 35-36

As You Like It:
Romantic Shakespeare Love Quotes from this famous comedy:

“No sooner met but they looked;
No sooner looked but they loved;
No sooner loved but they sighed;
No sooner signed but they asked one another the reason;
No sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy;
And in these degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage...”
~ Spoken by Rosalind, As Your Like It, Act V, Scene II, Lines 31-37

This popular and passionate tragedy showcases many shakespeare love quotes:

“This is the very ecstasy of love.”
~ Spoken by Lord Polonius, Hamlet, Act II, Scene I, Line 112

“Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.”
~ Spoken by Lord Polonius, Hamlet, Act II, Scene II, Lines 122-125

Shakespeare Love Quotes from his historical plays:

King Henry V:

“God, the best maker of all marriages,
Combine your hearts into one.”
~ Spoken by Queen Isabel, King Henry V, Act V, Scene II, Line 356-357

King Henry VI:

“Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts.”
~ Spoken by King Henry VI, King Henry VI, Part III, Act IV, Scene VI, Line 39

Love’s Labour's Lost:
This is one of Willaim Shakespeare's earliest comedies, written around the mid 1590s and first published in 1598:

“And when love speaks, the voice of all the gods
Make heaven drowsy with the harmony.
Never durst poet touch a pen to write
Until his ink were temper’d with Love’s sighs;”
~ Spoken by Biron, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Act IV, Scene III, Lines 351-354

Richard III:
Another of my favourite Shakespeare love quotations, this being from Shakespeare's historical play telling of the short rise to power and rule of Richard III:

“Within their innocent alabaster arms:
Their lips were four red roses on a stalk,
Which in their summer beauty kiss’d each other.”
~ Spoken by Tyrrel, Richard III, Act IV, Scene III, Line 11-13

Regardless of whether comedy, tragedy or historical narrative, William Shakespeare writes with wit, passion and inuendo. I hope you've felt romantically inspired as you read this selection of William Shakespeare love quotes and sayings...

But WAIT! There's MORE! Continue on to Page 2 to read more amazing Shakespeare quotes from The Sonnets, The Tempest, Timon of Athens, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Venus and Adonis or Page 3 for beautiful Romeo and Juliet quotes. Even better... why not read both!

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