While perusing some Hallowe’en stores this weekend, I saw a lot of Renaissance gear. Suddenly, I was reminded of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. To my family’s chagrin, I began reciting my favorite Romeo and Juliet quotes. This site has some of the most popular, but below are my favorites, along with some comments from the peanut gallery!
“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?”
Why I love this quote: It reminds me of me when I was young. Just wondering who/where my Romeo could be. Just like almost everyone who’s ever been born. I hope.
“But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the East, and Juliet is the sun!”
Why I love this quote: A man (ok, a very young man, but that’s beside the point…) vocalizing his heartfelt belief that the object of his desire is the life-giving force in his life.
“Goodnight, goodnight. Parting is such sweet sorrow. That I should say goodnight ’til it be morrow.”
Why I love this quote: How many times have we ended conversations, over the phone or in person, and wished with all our being that we would not have to part company or stop talking to the person we love? I sincerely hope I’m not the only one.
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet.“
Why I love this quote: Love is love regardless of who the participants are. This reminds me that it doesn’t matter the status or social standing of the person one falls in love with; what matters is the love is in existence and hopefully requited.
“Is love a tender thing? It is too rough,
Too rude, too boisterous; and it pricks like thorn.”
Why I love this quote: This quote reminds me of my cynical thoughts when love bites me in the behind or crushes the hope I had for love. (I love cynicism and I can’t quite put my finger on the reason why.) Then something finally happens to convince me to get back on the love-disappointment merry-go-round and I try it all over again.
Hmm…maybe I will pick up one of those Renaissance outfits and brush up on some more Shakespeare so I can throw people for a loop this Hallowe’en…