Romeo and Juliet Act III – Quotes

“The day is hot, the Capels are abroad, and, if we meet, we shall not ‘scape a brawl, for now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring.” Benvolio
“And but one with one of us? Couple it with something make it a word and a blow.” Mercutio
“Mercutio, thou consortest with Romeo” Tybalt – pun
“Consort? What, dost thou make us minstrels? And thou make minstrels of us, look to hear nothing but discords. Here’s my fiddlestick; here’s that shall make you dance. Zounds, consort!” Benvolio – pun
“We talk here in the public haunt of men. Either withdraw unto some private place, or reason coldly of your grievances, or else depart. Here all eyes gaze on us. Benvolio
“Romeo, the love I bear thee can afford no better term than this: thou art a villain.” Tybalt – epithet
“Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee doth much excuse the appertaining rage to such a greeting. Villain am I none. Therefore farewell. I see thou knowest me not.” Romeo
“I do protest I never injured thee, but love thee better than thou canst devise till thou shalt know the reason of my love; and so, good Capulet, which name I tender as dearly as mine own, be satisfied.” Romeo
“Tybalt, you ratcatcher, will you walk?” Mercutio – epithet
“Good King of Cats, nothing but one of your nine lives.” Mercutio – epithet
“Tybalt, Mercutio, the Prince expressly hath forbid this bandying in Verona streets. Hold, Tybalt! Good Mercutio!” Romeo
“A plague on both houses! I am sped. Is he gone and hath nothing?” Mercutio – worst curse
“Ay, ay, a scratch, a scratch. Marry, ’tis enough. Where is my page? God, villain, fetch a surgeon.” Mercutio – litote
“No ’tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door; but ’tis enough, ’twill serve.” Mercutio – litote
“Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man.” Mercutio – pun/foreshadowing
“They have mad worms’ meat of me.” Mercutio – metaphor
“O sweet Juliet, thy beauty hath made me effeminate and in my temper soft’ned valor’s steel!” Romeo
“This days black fate on moe days doth depend; this but begins the woe others must end.” Romeo – foreshadowing
“I am fortune’s fool!” Romeo – metaphor
“Prince, as thou art true, for blood of our shed blood of Montague.” Lady Capulet – dramatic irony
“And, as he fell, did Romeo turn and fly.This is the truth, or let Benvolio die.” Benvolio – rhyming couplet
“He is a kinsman to the Montague; affection makes him false, he speaks not true. Some twenty of them fought in this black strife, and all those twenty could but kill one life. I beg for justice, which thou, Prince, must give. Romeo slew Tybalt; Romeo must not live.” Lady Capulet – dramatic irony
“Let Romeo hence in haste,else, when he is found, that hour is his last.” Prince – near/approximate rhyme
“Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds, towards Phoebus’ lodging! Such a wagoner as Phaeton would ship you to the west.” Juliet – mythological allusion
“Come, civil night, thou sober-suited matron all in black, and learn me how to lose a winning match, played for a pair of stainless maidenhoods.” Juliet – personification
“Give me my Romeo; and when I 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.” Juliet – death imagery
“O, I have brought the mansion of a love, but not possessed it; and though I am sold, not yet enjoyed.” Juliet – metaphor
“Say thou but ‘Ay,’ and that bare vowel ‘I’ shall poison more than the death-darting eye of cockatrice. I am not I, if there be such an ‘Ay,’ or those eyes’ shot that makes thee answer ‘Ay.’ If he be slain, say ‘Ay’; or if not, ‘No.’ Brief sounds determine of my weal or woe.” Juliet – pun
“Is Romeo slaught’red and is Tybalt dead?” Juliet
“O serpent heart, hid with a flow’ring face? Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave?””Was ever book containing such vile matter so fairly bound.””O, that deceit should dwell in such a gorgeous palace!” Juliet – metaphor
“Beautiful tyrant! Fiend angelical! Dove-feathered raven! Wolvish-ravening lamb! Despised substance of divinest show! Just opposite to what thou justly seem’st a damned saint, and honorable villain!” Juliet – oxymorons
“There’s not trust, no faith, no honesty in men; all perjured, all forsworn, all naught, all dissemblers.” Nurse
“Blistered be thy tongue for such a wish! He was not born to shame. Upon his brow shame is ashamed to sit; for ’tis a throne where honor may be crowned sole monarch of the universal earth. O, what a best was I to chide at him!” Juliet
“Shall I speak ill of him that is my husband?” Juliet
“Back, foolish tears, back to your native spring!” Juliet
“Come, cords; come, nurse. I’ll to my wedding bed; and death, not Romeo, take my maidenhead!” Juliet – death imagery/foreshadowing
“A gentler judgment vanished from his lips–not body’s death, but body’s banishment.” Friar
“Ha, banishment? Be merciful, say “death”; for exile hath more terror in his look, much more than death. Do not say “banishment.” Romeo
“There is no world without Verona walls, but purgatory, torture, hell itself. Hence banished is banished from the world, and world’s exile is death. Then banished” is death mistermed. Calling death “banished,” thou cut’st my head off with a golden ax and smilest upon the stroke that murders me.” Romeo
“Heaven is here, where Juliet lives; and every cat and dog and little mouse, every unworthy thing, live here in heaven and may look on her; but Romeo may not. More validity, more honorable state, more courtship lives in carrion flies than Romeo. They may seize on the white wonder of dear Juliet’s hand and steal immortal blessing from her lips.” Romeo
“Flies ma do this but I from this must fly.” Romeo – pun
“Hadst thou no poison mixed, no sharp-ground knife, no sudden mean of death, though ne’er so mean, but “banished” to kill me–“banished”? O friar, the damned use that word in hell.” Romeo – foreshadowing
“Thou cant not speak of that thou dost not feel.” Romeo
“O, he is even in my mistress’ case, just in her case! O woeful sympathy! Piteous predicament! Even so lies she, blubb’ring and weeping, weeping and blubb’ring.” Nurse
“Ah sir, ah sir! Death’s the end of all.” Nurse – foreshadowing
“O, she says nothing, sir, but weeps and weeps; and now falls on her bed, and then starts up, and Tybalt calls; and then on Romeo cries, and then down falls again.” Nurse
“O, tell me, friar, tell me, in what vile part of this anatomy doth my name lodge? Tell me, that I may sack the hateful mansion.” Romeo
“Hast thou slain Tybalt? Wilt thou slay thyself? And slay thy lady that in thy life lives, by doing damned hate upon thyself?” Friar
“What, rouse thee, man! Thy Juliet is alive, for whose dear sake thou wast but lately dead. There art thou happy. Tybalt would kill thee, but thou slewest Tybalt. There art thou happy. The law, that threat’ned death, becomes thy friend and turns it into exile. There art thou happy.” Friar – reasons why Romeo should be happy
“Go get thee to thy love, as was decreed, ascend her chamber, hence and comfort her. But look thou stay not till the watch be set, and then thou canst not pass to Mantua, where thou shalt live till we can find a time to blaze your marriage, reconcile your friends, beg pardon of the Prince, and call thee back with twenty hundred thousand times more joy than thou went’st forth in lamentations.” Friar – plan for Romeo
“These times of woe afford no times to woo. Madam, good night. Commend me to your daughter.” Paris
“Sir, Paris, I will make a desperate tender of my child’s love. I think she will be rules in all respects by me; nay more, I doubt it not.” Lord Capulet
“For hark you, Tybalt be slain so late, it may be thought we held him carelessly, being our kinsman, if we revel much.” Lord Capulet
“It was the nightingale, and not the lark, that pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear.” Juliet
“Night’s candles are burnt out, and jocund day stands tiptoe on the misty mountaintops. I must be gone and live, or stay and die.” Romeo – personifcation
“I’ll say yon gray is not the morning’s eye, ’tis but the pale reflex of Cynthia’s brow.” Romeo – mythological allusion
“Come, death, and welcome! Juliet wills it so. How is’t, my soul? Let’s take; it is not day.” Romeo – death imagery
“O, now be gone! More light and light it grows. More light and light–more dark and dark our woes.” JulietRomeo – Rhyming couplet
“Then, window, let day in, and let life out.” Juliet
“O God, I have an ill-divining soul! Methinks I see thee, now thou art so low, as one dead in the bottom of a tomb. Either my eyesight fails, or thou lookest pale.” Juliet – inverted ending
“Evermore weeping for your cousin’s death? What, wilt thou wash him from his grave with tears? And if thou couldst, thou couldst not make him live. Therefore have done. Some grief shows much of love; but much of grief shows still some want of wit.” Lady Capulet – dramatic irony
“Yet let me weep for such a feeling loss.” Juliet – verbal irony
“Ay, madam, from the reach of these my hands. Would none but I might venge my cousin’s death!” Juliet – verbal irony
“Indeed I never shall be satisfied with Romeo till I behold him–dead–is my poor heart so for a kinsman vexed.” Juliet – verbal irony
“In one little body thou counterfeits a bark, a sea, a wind: for still thy eyes, which I may call the sea, do ebb and flow with tears; the bark thy body is, sailing in this salt flood; the winds thy sighs, who raging with thy tears and they with them, without a sudden calm will overset thy tempest-tossed body.” Lady Capulet – extended metaphor
“I would the fool were married to her grave!” Lady Capulet – wishes Juliet were dead
“But fettle your fine joints ‘gainst Thursday next to go with Parish to Saint Peter’s Church, or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither. Out, you greensickness carrion! Out, you baggage! You tallow-face!” Lord Capulet – epithet
“Hang thee, young baggage! Disobedient wretch! I tell thee what–get thee to church a Thursday or never after look e in the face. speak not, reply not, do not not answer me!” Lord Capulet – epithet
“Day night; hour, tide, time; work, play; alone, in company; still my care hath been to have her matched; and having now provided.” Lord Capulet – oxymoron
“Or if you do not, make the bridal bed in that dim monument where Tybalt lies.” Juliet – death imagery
“I think it best you married with the County.” Nurse
“An eagle, madam, hath not so green, so quick, so fair an eye as Parish hath.” Nurse – simile
“Well, thou hast comforted me marvelous much.” Juliet – verbal irony
“Ancient damnation! O most wicked fiend!” Juliet – epithet
“Go counselor! Thou and my bosom henceforth shall be twain.” Juliet
“I’ll to the friar to know his remedy.If all else fail, myself have power to die.” Juliet – near/approximate rhyme and foreshadowing