Romeo and Juliet Quote Identification

1. “If you ever disturb our streets again/ Your lives shall pay the forfeit.” Speaker: Prince EscalusContext: Montagues & Capulets are fighting. Prince orders them to stop and if not, he will punish them with death.
2. “No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir; but I bite my thumb, sir.” Speaker: SampsonContext: Sampson is provoking his enemy
3. “From forth the fatal loins of these two foes/ A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life” Speaker: PrologueContext: Two enemies fall in love and die together
4. “Take thou some new infection to thy eye/ And the rank poison of the old will die.” Speaker: BenvolioContext: Benvolio tells Romeo to fall for another girl so that he’ll forget about Rosaline
5. “Thou wast the prettiest babe that e’er I nursed.” Speaker: NurseContext: The nurse is remembering when Juliet was a baby now that she’s about old enough to marry
6. “Lady, such a man/ As all the world – why, he’s a man of wax.” Speaker: NurseContext: Paris wants to marry Juliet & the nurse is emphasizing his attractiveness
7. “This, by his voice, should be a Montague. Fetch me my rapier, boy.” Speaker: TybaltContext: Tybalt is offended by the fact that a Montague showed up to the Capulet’s banquet.
8. “My only love spring from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me/ That I must love a loathed enemy.” Speaker: JulietContext: Juliet is explaining how she fell in love with Romeo to the nurse
9. “But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon/ Who is already sick and pale with grief/ That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.” Speaker: RomeoContext: Romeo is comparing Juliet to an eastern light and the sun to describe her beauty
10. “He jests at scars that never felt a wound.” Speaker: RomeoContext: Romeo is saying that Mercutio is making fun of Romeo because Mercutio has never experienced heartbreak
11. “I’ll tell thee ere thou ask me it again. I have been feasting with mine enemy/ Where on a sudden one hath wounded me/ That’s by me wounded.” Speaker: RomeoContext: Romeo explains how he was feasting with enemies & suddenly becomes wounded with love
12. “Be plain, good son, and homely in the drift/ Riddling confession finds but riddling shrift.” Speaker: Friar LaurenceContext: Friar Laurence is saying to be a good boy and be completely honest or else he can’t give an absolution
13. “Romeo, the love I bear thee can afford/ No better than this: thou art a villain.” Speaker: TybaltContext: Tybalt is telling Romeo that he is a peasant in the nicest way possible
14. “No, ’tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church-door; but ’tis enough, ’twill serve.” Speaker: MercutioContext: He says his wound may not be big, but it’s enough to kill him
15. “..for Mercutio’s soul/ Is but a little way above our heads/ Staying for thine to keep him company. Either thou, or I, or both, must go with him.” Speaker: RomeoContext: Romeo is about to fight Tybalt and says one of them will die and join Mercutio in heaven
16. “I saw the wound, I saw it with mine eyes/ God save the mark! —-here on his manly breast.” Speaker: NurseContext: The nurse witnesses Tybalt’s wound, is shocked, and freaks out about it to Juliet without revealing who the wound belongs to
17. “…but the kind prince/ Taking thy part, hath rush’d aside the law/ And turn’d that black word “death” to “banishment.” This is dear mercy, and thou seest it not.” Speaker: Friar LaurenceContext: Friar Laurence is trying to stress that banishment is better than death
18. “Hold thy desperate hand! Art thou a man? Thy form cries out thou art/ Thy tears are womanish; thy wild acts denote/ The unreasonable fury of a beast.” Speaker: Friar Laurence Context: Friar Laurence is comparing Romeo to a whiney woman and an animal for overreacting about Juliet
19. “Hang thee, young baggage! disobedient wretch! I tell what: get thee to church o’ Thursday/ Or never look me in the face.” Speaker: CapuletContext: Capulet is telling Juliet that if she’s not willing to marry Paris, never look at him again
20. “Put this in any liquid thing you will/ And drink it off; and, if you had the strength/ Of twenty men, it would dispatch you straight.” Speaker: PharmacistContext: The pharmacist is explaining to Romeo how badly the poison will affect him
21. “Stop thy unhallowed toil, vile Montague! Can vengeance be pursued further than death? Condemned villain, I do apprehend thee. Obey, and go with me; for thou must die.” Speaker: ParisContext: Paris catches Romeo at Juliet’s tomb, assumes he’ll disrespect it, and wants to arrest Romeo
22. “Here, here I’ll remain/ with worms that are thy chamber-maids; O, here/ Will I set up my everlasting rest/ And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars/ From this world-wearied flesh.” Speaker: RomeoContext: Romeo states he will stay with the others in the tomb as he’s dead
23. “Oh happy dagger! This is thy sheath; there rust, and let me die.” Speaker: JulietContext: Juliet stabs herself to die and reunite with Romeo
24. “See what a scourge is laid upon your hate/ That Heaven finds means to kill your joys with love.” Speaker: Prince Escalus Context: Prince says the feud between both families has cursed them and Heaven only killed Romeo and Juliet for love
25. “For never was a story of more woe/ Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” Speaker: Prince EscalusContext: Prince claims the death of Romeo and Juliet to be the saddest of them all

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