Romeo and Juliet: Key Quotes

“pronounce but ‘love’ and ‘dove'” Act 2 scene 1: Mercutio mocks Romeo’s lovesick language.
“O brawling love, O loving hate””feather of lead” act 1 scene 1two termsDisplay Romeo’s conflicting love and misery as a petrarchan lover.
“How stands your disposition to be married?” act 1 scene 3Shows Lady Capulet’s strong desire for Juliet to marry Paris.
“Right glad I am he was not at this fray” Act 1 scene 1Shows Lady Montague’s concern for Romeo.
“Away to heaven, respective lenity” Act 3 scene 1Romeo casts aside his previous desire for peace once Mercutio is dead.
“This is the hag…That presses them and learns them first to bear” Act 1 scene 4 Mercutio’s Queen Mab speech, which shows his fear over sexual desire.
“the heads of the maids, or their maidenheads” Act 1 scene 1The servants’ bawdy conversation.
“Deny thy father and refuse thy name” Act 2 scene 2Juliet asks Romeo to abandon his family.
“Juliet is the sun” Act 2 scene 2Shows their love to have a life-giving quality.
“my sin is purg’d” Act 1 scene 5Romeo kisses Juliet and says this – gives the impression of purity.
“with love’s light wings” Act 2 scene 2Romeo describes climbing the orchard wall- gives their love a powerful, heavenly quality.
“Tell me, that I may sack the hateful mansion.” Act 3 scene 5Romeo threatens to kill himself after he is banished.
“fire-ey’d fury be my conduct now!” Act 3 scene 1Romeo is furious after the death of Mercutio and abandons his love for Juliet in order to get revenge.
“peace? I hate the word as I hate Hell, all Montagues, and thee” Act 1 scene 1Tybalt personifies the hatred between the two families.
“star-crossed lovers” PrologueInsinuates that they are controlled by fate.
“my mind misgives some consequence yet hanging in the stars” Act 1 scene 5Romeo has a vision before going to the Capulet banquet.
“dead in the bottom of a tomb” Act 3 scene 5Juliet has a dream seeing Romeo like this.
“Wisely and slow, they stumble that run fast” Act 2 scene 3 Friar Lawrence gives this advice on impulsive actions to Romeo.
“to turn your households’ rancour to pure love” Act 2 scene 3Friar Lawrence gives this reason for marrying Romeo and Juliet.
“I have night’s cloak to hide me from their eyes” Act 2 scene 2Romeo says this to Juliet so that she won’t worry about his safety.
“these hot days, is the mad blood stirring” act 3 scene 1 Benvolio says this to Mercutio about the weather.
“Poison hath residence, and medicine power…in man as well as herbs” act 2 scene 3Friar Lawrence says this about his herbs- also commenting on nature of love.
“Thus with a kiss I die” act 5 scene 3Romeo says this before he takes the poison.
“Grief of my son’s exile hath stopped her breath.” act 5 scene 3Montague explains the reason for his wife’s death.
“disobedient wretch” act 3 scene 5What Capulet calls his daughter when she refuses to marry Paris.