143 Famous William Shakespeare Love Quotes

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Explore the list of beautiful love quotes from William Shakespeare. Whether you’re looking for timeless love quotes for a wedding toast or a love letter, these great love quotes from Shakespeare’s plays are perfect for any occasion. 

As a literature student, I have read a few of Shakespeare’s plays, but honestly, I can’t really recall many of his famous lines about love. So I thought it would be a great idea to share some of Bard’s most beloved and captivating love quotes for you if you want to revisit, the world of Shakearpre. 

Among the numerous poetic expressions about love that always truly touched me are the quotes from Romeo and Juliet

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow,That I shall say good night till it be morrow.””- Romeo Juliet

This heart-wrenching quote by Juliet about goodbye to her lover is probably the best way to describe the sorrow of separation.  So if you crave more exquisite love quotes from Shakearpre plays allow me to share them with you. 

 To make your exploration even more delightful, I’ve categorized the quotes into love quotes from Shakespeare’s tragedies, comedies, sonnets and history plays.  

Best Love Quotes from Shakespeare’s Comedy Plays

Get ready to be enchanted by beautiful quotes about love from the Shakespeare’s comedy plays.

In this list you’ll find  a collection of love quotes from Shakespeare’s comedies :

I hope these love quotes will transport you to a realm of happiness and joy. 

The course of true love never did run smooth.” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore is wing’d Cupid painted blind. Nor hath love’s mind of any judgment taste; Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste: And therefore is love said to be a child, Because in choice he is so oft beguil’d.”― A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Cupid is a knavish lad, thus to make females mad” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

And yet,to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.”― A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool reason ever comprehends- A Midsummer Night’s Dream

So we grew together, Like to a double cherry, seeming parted, But yet an union in partition,Two lovely berries moulded on one stem.”― A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I’ll follow thee and make a heaven of hell, To die upon the hand I love so well.”― A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Love’s stories written in love’s richest books. To fan the moonbeams from his sleeping eyes.” ― A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Love can transpose to form and dignity-A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I love thee. By my life, I do.- A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Ay me! for aught that ever I could read, could ever hear by tale or history, the course of true love never did run smooth.”― A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”All’s Well That Ends Well

A heaven on earth I have won by wooing thee.”All’s Well That Ends Well

Love is holy.” All’s Well That Ends Well

The sight of lovers feedeth those in love.”As You Like It

Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?” – As You Like It

“I pray you, do not fall in love with me, for I am falser than vows made in wine.”― As You Like It

Love is merely a madness; and, I tell you, deserves as well a dark house and a whip as madmen do; and the reason why they are not so punish’d and cured is that the lunacy is so ordinary that the whippers are in love too.” ― As You Like It

No sooner met but they looked; no sooner looked but they loved; no sooner loved but they sighed; no sooner sighed 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…” ― As You Like It

Oh, thou didst then ne’er love so heartily. If thou rememb’rest not the slightest folly That ever love did make thee run into, Thou hast not loved As You Like It

Love hath made thee a tame snakeAs You Like It

My affection hath an unknown bottom, like the Bay of Portugal.” ― As You Like It

In thy youth wast as true a lover, As ever sighed upon a midnight pillow.As You Like It

They are in the very wrath of love, and they will go together. Clubs cannot part them.” – As You Like It

Now tell me how long you would have her after you have possessed her.  For ever and a day.-As You Like It

And when love speaks, the voice of all the gods makes heaven drowsy with the harmony.” –Love’s Labour’s Lost

Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but love.” ― Love’s Labour’s Lost

Beauty is bought by judgement of the eye.” ―Love’s Labour’s Lost

But love, first learnèd in a lady’s eyes, Lives not alone immurèd in the brain, But, with the motion of all elements, Courses as swift as thought in every power, And gives to every power a double power, Above their functions and their offices- Love’s Labour’s Lost

A lover’s eyes will gaze an eagle blind; A lover’s ears will hear the lowest sound.” –Love’s Labour’s Lost

What’s mine is yours, and what is yours is mine.” Measure for Measure

Love is blind, and lovers cannot see, The pretty follies that themselves commit”The Merchant of Venice

Lovers ever run before the clock.”The Merchant of Venice

One half of me is yours, the other half is yours, Mine own, I would say; but if mine, then yours, And so all yours.” ― The Merchant of Venice

Beshrew me but I love her heartily, For she is wise, if I can judge of her, And fair she is, if that mine eyes be true, And true she is, as she hath proved herself: And therefore like herself, wise, fair, and true, Shall she be placed in my constant soul.”The Merchant of Venice

O love, be moderate. Allay thy ecstasy.In measure rein thy joy. Scant this excess The Merchant of Venice

Love like a shadow flies when substance love pursuesPursuing that that flies, and flying what pursues.” The Merry Wives of Windsor

You do amaze her: hear the truth of it. You would have married her most shamefully Where there was no proportion held in love.The Merry Wives of Windsor

I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.”Much Ado About Nothing

I do love nothing in the world so well as you- is not that strange?”Much Ado About Nothing

For which of my bad parts didst thou first fall in love with me?”Much Ado About Nothing

I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest.”Much Ado About Nothing

I would I could find in my heart that I had not a hard heart; for, truly, I love none. Much Ado About Nothing

Silence is the perfectest herald of joy: I were but little happy, if I could say how much. Lady, as you are mine, I am yours: I give away myself foryou and dote upon the exchange.”Much Ado About Nothing

Suffer love! A good ephitet! I do suffer love indeed, for I love thee against my will.”―Much Ado About Nothing

Speak low if you speak love.”Much Ado About Nothing

She will die if you love her not, And she will die ere she might make her love known” – Much Ado About Nothing

Love goes by haps, Some cupid kills with arrows, Some with traps”Much Ado About Nothing

Suffer love,–a good epithet! I do suffer love indeed, for I love thee against my will.” Much Ado About Nothing

I will not be sworn but love may transform me to an oyster- Much Ado About Nothing

“When you depart from me sorrow abides and happiness takes his leave.”― Much Ado About Nothing

All hearts in love use their own tongues. Much Ado About Nothing

Love me? Why, it must be requited! Much Ado About Nothing

And I pray thee now tell me, for which of my bad parts didst thou first fall in love with me? Much Ado About Nothing

I read that I profess, the Art of Love. The Taming of the Shrew

Marry, peace it bodes, and love, and quiet life, and, to be short, what not that’s sweet and happy.” ― The Taming of the Shrew

I would not wish any companion in the world but you.” –The Tempest

Hear my soul speak. Of the very instant that I saw you, Did my heart fly at your service.” – The Tempest

I Beyond all limit of what else i’ th’ world Do love, prize, honor you-The Tempest

If music be the food of love, play on.”Twelfth Night

a young woman in love always looks like patience on a monument smiling at grief”― Twelfth Night

Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.”Twelfth Night

How does he love me? With adoration, with fertile tears, With groans that thunder love, with sighs of fire.” Twelfth Night

O mistress mine, where are you roaming? O, stay and hear; your true love’s coming, That can sing both high and low: Trip no further, pretty sweeting; Journeys end in lovers meeting, Every wise man’s son doth know.- Twelfth Night

What is love? ’tis not hereafter; Present mirth hath present laughter; What’s to come is still unsure: In delay there lies no plenty; Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty, Youth’s a stuff will not endure.- Twelfth Night

They do not love that do not show their love.” The Two Gentlemen of Verona

She dreams of him that has forgot her love; You dote on her that cares not for your love. ‘Tis pity love should be so contrary; And thinking of it makes me cry ‘alas!” The Two Gentlemen of Verona

how this spring of love resembleth The uncertain glory of an April day, Which now shows all the beauty of the sun, And by and by a cloud takes all away!” The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Ay, but hearken, sir; though the chameleon Love can feed on the air, I am one that am nourished by my victuals, and would fain have meat.” The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Hope is a lover’s staff; walk hence with that And manage it against despairing thoughts.”The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Love is your master, for he masters you; And he that is so yoked by a fool, Methinks, should not be chronicled for wise.”― The Two Gentlemen of Verona

What is light, if Sylvia be not seen? What is joy if Sylvia be not by?” – The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Oh, how this spring of love resembleth, The uncertain glory of an April day, Which now shows all beauty of the Sun, And by and by a cloud takes all awayThe Two Gentlemen of Verona

Love is like a child That longs for every thing that he can come by.The Two Gentlemen of Verona

I think so too; for never gaz’d the moon Upon the water as he’ll stand, and read, As ’twere, my daughter’s eyes: and, to be plain, I think there is not half a kiss to chooseWho loves another best.The Winter’s Tale

Famous Love Quotes from Shakespeare’s Tragedy Plays

To be honest, I am not a fan of tragedies as their gloomy and dark storyline can often leave me with a sense of melancholy,  but I have no doubt that the world of  Shakespeare’s tragic plays is brimming with deep and heartfelt emotion. From the epic romance of Romeo and Juliet to Macbeth and Othello, these tragic plays depict the power and vulnerability of love and romance.  So, explore beautiful love quotes from Bard’s famous tragedies. Enjoy the love quotes from the following.

“These violent delights have violent endsAnd in their triumph die, like fire and powder,Which as they kiss consume. The sweetest honey Is loathsome in his own deliciousness And in the taste confounds the appetite.Therefore love moderately; long love doth so;Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.”― Romeo and Juliet

My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.” Romeo and Juliet

Don’t waste your love on somebody, who doesn’t value it.”Romeo and Juliet

thus with a kiss I die”Romeo and Juliet

Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”Romeo and Juliet

Love is heavy and light, bright and dark, hot and cold, sick and healthy, asleep and awake- its everything except what it is! –Romeo and Juliet

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”Romeo and Juliet

Come what sorrow can, It cannot countervail the exchange of joy, That one short minute gives me in her sight”Romeo and Juliet

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow.””- Romeo and Juliet

Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books, But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.”- Romeo and Juliet

Love is a smoke and is made with the fume of sighs.” – Romeo and Juliet

This bud of love by summer’s ripening breath, May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet” Romeo and Juliet

Alas, that love, so gentle in his view, Should be so tyrannous and rough in proof”Romeo and Juliet

“Love is begun by time and time qualifies the spark and fire of it.”- Hamlet

This is the very ecstasy of love.”Hamlet

Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love.”― Hamlet

You cannot call it love, for at your age the heyday in the blood is tame”Hamlet

Where love is great, the littlest doubts are fear; when little fears grow great, great love grows there.”Hamlet

His unkindness may defeat my life, But never taint my love”Othello

She loved me for the dangers I had passed, And I loved her that she did pity them” – Othello

I humbly do beseech of your pardon, For too much loving you” – Othello

I know a lady in Venice would have walked barefoot to Palestine for a touch of his nether lip’ Othello

Excellent wetch! Perdition catch my soul, but I do love thee, and when I love thee not, chaos is come again.” – Othello

Her passions are made of nothing but the finest part of pure love.”Antony and Cleopatra

There’s beggary in the love that can be reckoned.”Antony and Cleopatra

The stroke of death is as a lover’s pinch Which hurts and is desired.” Antony and Cleopatra

Come, sir, come, I’ll wrestle with you in my strength of love.Antony and Cleopatra

If it be love indeed, tell me how much. There’s beggary in the love that can be reckoned. I’ll set a bourn how far to be beloved. Then must thou needs find out new heaven, new earth.”Antony and Cleopatra

The April’s in her eyes: it is love’s Spring, And these the showers to bring it on..” Antony and Cleopatra

Music, moody food Of us that trade in love.” Antony and Cleopatra

Love’s not love When it is mingled with regards that stand Aloof from th’ entire point.” King Lear

I love you more than words can wield the matter; dearer than eye-sight, space, and liberty, beyond waht can be valued, rich or rare; no less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honor; as much as child e’er loved, or father found; a love that makes breath poor, and speech unable; beyond all manner of so much I love you.”-King Lear

I am sure my love’s / More richer than my tongueKing Lear

Who could refrain, That had a heart to love, and in that heart Courage to make love known?”Macbeth

The love that follows us sometime is our trouble, which still we thank as love.” Macbeth

Hang there like a fruit, my soul, Till the tree die!” Cymbeline

For to be wise and love exceeds man’s might.” Troilus and Cressida

Boldness comes to me now, and brings me heart. Prince Troilus, I have loved you night and day For many weary months.Troilus and Cressida

And if you love me, as I think you do, Let’s kiss and part, for we have much to do Troilus and Cressida

Is this the generation of love? Hot blood, hot thoughts and hot deeds? Why, they are vipers. Is love a generation of vipers?’ –Troilus and Cressida

My heart is ever at your service”Timon of Athens

I love thee better now than e’er I did-Timon of Athens

Best Romantic Love Quotes From Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Shakespeare’s sonnets are 14-line poems with a specific rhyme scheme and rhythm. They are known for capturing the intricate emotions of human beings, particularly the complexities of love.  So, in this list of Shakespearean love quotes, find the best love quotes from William Shakespeare’s famous sonnets. Find the complete list of Shakespeare sonnets.

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So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, so long lives this, and this gives life to thee.” – Sonnet 18

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.” – Sonnet 18

For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings, That then I scorn to change my state with kings.” – Sonnet 29

Thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings That then I scorn to change my state with kings.” – Sonnet 29

O! how thy worth with manners may I sing, When thou art all the better part of me?” – Sonnet 39

In black ink my love may still shine bright.”― Sonnet 65 

So are you to my thoughts as food to life, Or as sweet-seasoned showers are to the ground.” – Sonnet 75

Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white, Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose; They were but sweet, but figures of delight Drawn after you…” – Sonnet 98

Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken.” -Sonnet 116)

I love to hear her speak, yet well I know That music hath a far more pleasing sound; I grant I never saw a goddess go; My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rareAs any she belied with false compare.”– Sonnet 130

Oh, love’s best habit is in seeming trust, And age in love loves not to have years told.” – Sonnet 138

Love Quotes From Shakespeare’s History Plays

Shakespeare’s history plays often have themes of power, politics, and romance. Because of this, they comprise dramatic narratives along with tender moments of love and longing. In this collection of romantic love quotes from Shakespeare’s history plays, explore the passionate love quotes from  Henry V,  and Henry VI

I can express no kinder sign of love Than this kind kissHenry VI

Wear me as a seal over your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, passion cruel as the grave.”Henry V

I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to say, “Ilove you.” Henry V

If thou canst love me for this, take me: if not, to say to thee that I shall die, is true: but for thy love, by the Lord, no; yet I love thee too.Henry V

mock me mercifully, the rather, gentle princess, because I love thee cruellyHenry V

For where thou art, there is the world itself, With every several pleasure in the world: And where thou art not, desolation.Henry VI

Now join hands, and with your hands your hearts.- Henry VI

More Quotes of love and romance from Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis

Venus and Adonis, is a narrative poem that depicts the beauty and intensity of love.  William Shakespeare weaves together the elements of comedy, tragedy, and beautiful poetry in this mesmerizing work. In this collection of love quotes from Venus and Adonis, we delve into the vivid imagery, evocative language, and profound emotions that Shakespeare masterfully weaves into his verses. 

She’s Love, she loves, and yet she is not lov’d.” Venus and Adonis

O, learn to love, the lesson is but plain, And once made perfect, never lost again.” Venus and Adonis

Sith in his prime Death doth my love destroy, They that love best their loves shall not enjoy.” Venus and Adonis

My love to love is love but to disgrace it, For I have heard it is a life in death, That laughs and weeps, and all but with a breath.” Venus and Adonis

Love is a spirit all compact of fire, Not gross to sink, but light, and will aspire.” Venus and Adonis

O hard-believing love, how strange it seems! Not to believe, and yet too credulous:Venus and Adonis

Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.” Venus and Adonis

Love is a spirit all compact of fire, Not gross to sink, but light, and will aspire.” Venus and Adonis

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