Romeo Quotes

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When he 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.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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My only love sprung 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.
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William Shakespeare
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Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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These violent delights have violent ends And in their triump die, like fire and powder Which, as they kiss, consume
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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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.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Don't waste your love on somebody, who doesn't value it.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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thus with a kiss I die
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father refuse thy name, thou art thyself thou not a montegue, what is montegue? tis nor hand nor foot nor any other part belonging to a man What is in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, So Romeo would were he not Romeo called retain such dear perfection to which he owes without that title, Romeo, Doth thy name! And for that name which is no part of thee, take all thyself.
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William Shakespeare
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What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet)
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Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly. then your love would also change.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Love is heavy and light, bright and dark, hot and cold, sick and healthy, asleep and awake- its everything except what it is! (Act 1, scene 1)
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William Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet)
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But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet)
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If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Prick love for pricking and you beat love down.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet)
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She is all the great heroines of the world in one. She is more than an individual. I love her, and I must make her love me. I want to make Romeo jealous. I want the dead lovers of the world to hear our laughter, and grow sad. I want a breath of our passion to stir dust into consciousness, to wake their ashes into pain.
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Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Gray)
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Come, gentle night; come, loving, black-browed night; 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...
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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O teach me how I should forget to think (1.1.224)
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Two households, both alike in dignity In fair Verona, where we lay our scene From ancient grudge break to new mutiny Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Romeo wouldn’t change his mind. That’s why people still remembered his name, always twined with hers
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Stephenie Meyer (New Moon (The Twilight Saga, #2))
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These violent delights have violent ends.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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See how she leans her cheek upon her hand. O, that I were a glove upon that hand That I might touch that cheek!
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Under loves heavy burden do I sink. --Romeo
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William Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet)
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My only love sprung from my only hate.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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You are a lover. Borrow Cupid's wings and soar with them above a common bound.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Bono met his wife in high school," Park says. "So did Jerry Lee Lewis," Eleanor answers. "I’m not kidding," he says. "You should be," she says, "we’re sixteen." "What about Romeo and Juliet?" "Shallow, confused," then dead. "I love you, Park says. "Wherefore art thou," Eleanor answers. "I’m not kidding," he says. "You should be.
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Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park)
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I defy you, stars.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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O, here Will I set up my everlasting rest, And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars From this world-wearied flesh. Eyes, look your last! Arms, take your last embrace! and, lips, O you The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss A dateless bargain to engrossing death!
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Imagine if [Juliet] woke up and he was still alive, but..." She swallowed, waiting out a tremor in her voice. "But [Romeo] had killed her whole family. And burned her city. And killed and enslaved her people.
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Laini Taylor (Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2))
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Women may fall when there's no strength in men. Act II
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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O serpent heart hid with a flowering face! Did ever a dragon keep so fair a cave? Beautiful tyrant, feind angelical, dove feather raven, wolvish-ravening lamb! Despised substance of devinest show, just opposite to what thou justly seemest - A dammed saint, an honourable villain!
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Romeo: I dreamt a dream tonight. Mercutio: And so did I. Romeo: Well, what was yours? Mercutio: That dreamers often lie. Romeo: In bed asleep while they do dream things true.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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There's an old saying that applies to me: you can't lose a game if you don't play the game. (Act 1, scene 4)
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William Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet)
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If it had been easy for Romeo to get to Juliet, nobody would have cared. Same goes for Cyrano and Don Quixote and Gatsby and their respective paramours. What captures the imagination is watching men throw themselves at a brick wall over and over again, and wondering if this is the time that they won't be able to get back up.
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Jodi Picoult (Vanishing Acts)
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A glooming peace this morning with it brings; The sun, for sorrow, will not show his head: Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things; Some shall be pardon'd, and some punished: For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Oh, I am fortune's fool!
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Romeo save me, I've been feeling so alone. I keep waiting for you, but you never come. Is this in my head? I don't know what to think.
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Taylor Swift
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Romeo: If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss. Juliet: Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much, Which mannerly devotion shows in this; For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch, And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss. Romeo: Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too? Juliet: Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer. Romeo: O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do; They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair. Juliet: Saints do not move, though grant for prayers' sake. Romeo: Then move not, while my prayer's effect I take. Thus from my lips, by yours, my sin is purged. Juliet: Then have my lips the sin that they have took. Romeo: Sin from thy lips? O trespass sweetly urged! Give me my sin again. Juliet: You kiss by the book.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Eyes, look your last! Arms, take your last embrace! And, lips, oh you the doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss a dateless bargain to engrossing death!
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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These violent delights have violent ends And 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.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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O! she doth teach the torches to burn bright It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear; Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear. - Romeo -
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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It starts so young, and I'm angry about that. The garbage we're taught. About love, about what's "romantic." Look at so many of the so-called romantic figures in books and movies. Do we ever stop and think how many of them would cause serious and drastic unhappiness after The End? Why are sick and dangerous personality types so often shown a passionate and tragic and something to be longed for when those are the very ones you should run for your life from? Think about it. Heathcliff. Romeo. Don Juan. Jay Gatsby. Rochester. Mr. Darcy. From the rigid control freak in The Sound of Music to all the bad boys some woman goes running to the airport to catch in the last minute of every romantic comedy. She should let him leave. Your time is so valuable, and look at these guys--depressive and moody and violent and immature and self-centered. And what about the big daddy of them all, Prince Charming? What was his secret life? We dont know anything about him, other then he looks good and comes to the rescue.
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Deb Caletti (The Secret Life of Prince Charming)
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Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorn.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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I don’t remember Romeo being this pushy with Juliet!”.....He arched his eyebrows meaningfully. β€œAnd look at how that worked out for them. My way is betterβ€”less death, more orgasms.
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Tillie Cole (Sweet Home (Sweet Home, #1))
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She will fight for light, and he for dark, Battling through the ages for loves sweet spark. Wherever two souls adore truly, you will find them, lo, The brave Juliet and the wicked Romeo.
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Stacey Jay (Juliet Immortal (Juliet Immortal, #1))
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Love moderately. Long love doth so. Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow. *Love each other in moderation. That is the key to long-lasting love. Too fast is as bad as too slow.*
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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The sweetest honey is loathsome in its own deliciousness. And in the taste destroys the appetite. Therefore, love moderately.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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turn him into stars and form a constellation in his image. His face will make the heavens so beautiful that the world will fall in love with the night and forget about the garish sun.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Peace? I hate the word as I hate hell and all Montagues.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Alas, that love, so gentle in his view, Should be so tyrannous and rough in proof! *It’s sad. Love looks like a nice thing, but it’s actually very rough when you experience it.*
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Why then, O brawling love! O loving hate! O any thing, of nothing first create! O heavy lightness, serious vanity, Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms, Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health, Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is! This love feel I, that feel no love in this.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books, But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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O, swear not by the moon, th’ inconstant moon, That monthly changes in her circle orb, Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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What sadness lengthens Romeo's hours? Romeo: Not having that, which, having, makes them short.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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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. Be not her maid, since she is envious; Her vestal livery is but sick and green And none but fools do wear it; cast it off. It is my lady, O, it is my love! Oh, that she knew she were!
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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True, I talk of dreams, Which are the children of an idle brain, Begot of nothing but vain fantasy, Which is as thin of substance as the air, And more inconstant than the wind, who woos Even now the frozen bosom of the north, And, being anger'd, puffs away from thence, Turning his side to the dew-dropping south.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet)
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It’s awful, telling it like this, isn’t it? As though we didn’t know the ending. As though it could have another ending. It’s like watching Romeo drink poison. Every time you see it you get fooled into thinking his girlfriend might wake up and stop him. Every single time you see it you want to shout, 'You stupid ass, just wait a minute,' and she’ll open her eyes! 'Oi, you, you twat, open your eyes, wake up! Don’t die this time!' But they always do.
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Elizabeth Wein (Code Name Verity)
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Sometimes people put up walls, not only to keep people out, but also to see who cares enough to tear them down. Understand?
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Leisa Rayven (Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1))
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I swear, Six is going to kill us, or worse, maybe she's about to be killed by a swarm of Mogs and we're here lying in the grass about to go through a scene from Romeo and Juliet.
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Pittacus Lore (The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies, #2))
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This is what love feels like. To no longer belong to yourself. To be pulled from what you know into what you feel. No wonder people live and die for this feeling.
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Leisa Rayven (Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1))
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What's in a name, anyway? That which we call a nose by any other name would still smell.
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Adam Long (The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged))
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He jests at scars that never felt a wound.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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One fire burns out another's burning, One pain is lessen'd by another's anguish.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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How art thou out of breath when thou hast breath To say to me that thou art out of breath?
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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We burn daylight.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Oh, hell no, Romeo.
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Jennifer Brown (Hate List)
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It’s easy for someone to joke about scars if they’ve never been cut.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Out of her favour, where I am in love.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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This is why my betrayal was so terrible. Because you believed me incapable of hurting you, and yet I did.
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Chloe Gong (These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights, #1))
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I must be gone and live, or stay and die.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Educated men are so impressive!
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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It's a fucking crime that you haven't been kissed properly.
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Leisa Rayven (Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1))
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Death, that hath suck'd the honey of thy breath hath had no power yet upon thy beauty.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Romeo and Juliet is synonymous with β€œromance” in our culture today. It is seen as the love story in English-speaking culture, an emotional ideal to live up to. Yet when you really get down to what happens in the story, these kids are absolutely out of their fucking minds. And they just killed themselves to prove it!
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Mark Manson (The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life)
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I want to make Romeo jealous! I want the dead lovers of the world to hear our laughter, and grow sad. I want a breath of our passion to stir their dust into consciousness, to wake their ashes into pain.
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Oscar Wilde
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think about it: Romeo and Juliet bucked the system, and look where it got them. Superman has the hots for Lois Lane, when the better match, of course, would be with Wonder Woman.
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Jodi Picoult (My Sister's Keeper)
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If Romeo had never met Juliet, maybe they both would have still been alive, but what they would have been alive for is the question Shakespeare wants us to answer.
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Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars)
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Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs; Being purg'd, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes; Being vex'd, a sea nourish'd with lovers' tears; What is it else? A madness most discreet, A choking gall, and a preserving sweet. *Here’s what love is: a smoke made out of lovers' sighs. When the smoke clears, love is a fire burning in your lover’s eyes. If you frustrate love, you get an ocean made out of lovers' tears. What else is love? It’s a wise form of madness. It’s a sweet lozenge that you choke on.*
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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For a split second they stared at each other. A fleeting, lasting moment. One person noticing another person out of a whole crowd of strangers.
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Alexandra Potter (Calling Romeo)
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Juliet and Romeo be damned, you can't be in love until you've flossed your teeth next to the person at least three hundred times...
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Marisha Pessl (Special Topics in Calamity Physics)
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It only took Romeo one look at Juliet and his fate was sealed. Maybe I’m just like my namesake, and maybe you’re just like yours.
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Tillie Cole (Sweet Home (Sweet Home, #1))
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Great love, you believe, carries the seeds of great sorrow.
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Anne Fortier (Juliet)
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Flowers are the Romeos and the Juliets of the nature!
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Mehmet Murat ildan
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Just for future reference, don't use words like "love" anymore. It's a very sensitive word and it wears out quickly. Romeo barely says it, but John Hinckley filled up a whole journal with it. To put it into your terms, it's a currency that's easily devalued. Pretty soon you're saying it whenever you hang up the phone or whenever you leave. It turns into an apology. Then it's an excuse. Some assholes want it to be a bulletproof vest: don't hate me; I love you. But mostly it just means--more. More, more--give me something more. A couple of years from now, when you're on your own completely, if you really fall in love, if it really comes to that--and I pity you if it does--you have to look right down into the black of her eyes, right down into the emptiness in there and feel everything, absolutely everything she needs and you have to be willing to drown in it, Kevin. You'd have to want to be crushed, buried alive. Because that's what real love feels like--choking. They used to bury some women in their wedding dresses, you know. I thought it was because all those husbands were too cheap to spring for another gown, but now it makes sense: love is your first foot in the grave. That's why the second most abused word is "forever".
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Peter Craig (Hot Plastic)
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Give me my sin again.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Not proud you have, but thankful that you have. Proud can I never be of what I hate, but thankful even for hate that is meant love.
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William Shakespeare (The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (10 Pak))
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Well, in that hit you miss. She'll not be hit With Cupid's arrow. She hath Dian's wit, And, in strong proff of chastity well armed, From Love's weak childish bow she lives uncharmed. She will not stay the siege of loving terms, Nor bide th' encounter of assailing eyes, Nor ope her lap to saint-seducing gold. O, she is rich in beauty; only poor That, when she dies, with dies her store. Act 1,Scene 1, lines 180-197
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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What is he planning to do with that quarter? Hurl it at my face and hope to put an eye out? With Romeo anything can become a weapon─love, trust . . . loose change.
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Stacey Jay (Juliet Immortal (Juliet Immortal, #1))
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Hannakins: I know you guys are living out your own private Romeo and Juliet love story, but remember: Both of them die in Act V. -A
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Sara Shepard (Ruthless (Pretty Little Liars, #10))
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Her blood is settled, and her joints are stiff; Life and these lips have long been separated: Death lies on her like an untimely frost Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Take it in what sense thou wilt.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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I have a soul of lead So stakes me to the ground I cannot move.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Every high school has its Romeo and Juliet, one tragic couple. So does every generation.
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Chuck Palahniuk (Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey)
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I will make thee think thy swan a crow.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name, or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and I'll no longer be a Capulet.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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I never realized how much it hurt to not be with you until I saw you again, and the pain went away.
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Leisa Rayven (Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1))
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One pain is lessened by another’s anguish. ... Take thou some new infection to thy eye, And the rank poison of the old will die.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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I dreamt my lady came and found me dead . . . . . . . . . . . . And breathed such life with kisses in my lips That I revived and was an emperor.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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He that is strucken blind can not forget the precious treasure of his eyesight lost.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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I take thee at thy word: Call me but love, and I'll be new baptized; Henceforth I never will be Romeo.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Names. What’s in a name, really? I mean, besides a bunch of letters or sounds strung together to make a word. Does a rose by any other name really smell as sweet? Would the most famous love story in the world be as poignant if it was called Romeo and Gertrude? Why is what we call ourselves so important?
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Julie Kagawa (Summer's Crossing (Iron Fey, #3.5))
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Not belonging is a terrible feeling. It feels awkward and it hurts, as if you were wearing someone else's shoes.
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Phoebe Stone (The Romeo and Juliet Code (Felicity Bathburn, #1))
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They had become a fixed star in the shifting firmament of the high school's relationships, the acknowledged Romeo and Juliet. And she knew with sudden hatefulness that there was one couple like them in every white suburban high school in America.
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Stephen King (Carrie)
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Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied, And vice sometime by action dignified.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet)
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I love you,” he murmurs as he rests his head on my shoulder. β€œI love you so much. Don’t leave me.
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Leisa Rayven (Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1))
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Ay me! sad hours seem long.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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A great idea should always be left to steep like loose tea leaves in a teapot for a while to make sure that the tea will be strong enough and that the idea truly is a great one.
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Phoebe Stone (The Romeo and Juliet Code (Felicity Bathburn, #1))
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Parting is such sweet sorrow
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Yeah, sure, I can do a passionate play with my ex-lover, who broke my heart not once, but twice. No problem. I bang my head against the wall. If there were a Nation of Stupid People, I would be their queen.
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Leisa Rayven (Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1))
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Blind is his love and best befits the dark- Benvolio (in Romeo and Juliet)
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William Shakespeare
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true apothecary thy drugs art quick
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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The Brightness of her cheek would shame those stars as daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven would through the airy region stream so bright that birds would sing, and think it were not night.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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And where two raging fires meet together, they do consume the thing that feeds their fury.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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It’s just that since the moment I realized what healing you meant, or what I thought it meant, I never thought I’d face a day without you. That I’d never have to worry about going on if you weren’t there. And I’m not trying to make this into some kind of Romeo and Juliet bullshit, but now I know there’s a chance of that and it . . . it fucking terrifies me, Kat. It really does.
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Jennifer L. Armentrout (Opposition (Lux, #5))
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O, speak again, bright angel! for thou art As glorious to this night, being o'er my head As is a winged messenger of heaven
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William Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet)
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Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye Than twenty of their swords: look thou but sweet, And I am proof against their enmity.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Romeo: Courage, man; the hurt cannot be much. Mercutio: No, 'tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church-door; but 'tis enough, 'twill serve. Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Cassie … We’ve never been over. You know it as well as I do. Even when I was halfway around the world and you hated my guts, we weren’t over. You can feel it between us now. And the closer we are, the stronger it gets.
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Leisa Rayven (Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1))
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You, who know all the secrets of life, tell me how to charm Sibyl Vane to love me! I want to make Romeo jealous, I want the dead lovers of the world to hear our laughter, and grow sad. I want a breath of our passion to stir their dust into consciousness, to wake their ashes into pain. My God, Harry, how I worship her!
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Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Gray)
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Besides," he said breezily, "were it not for misunderstandings, we would be sadly lacking in great literature." She looked at him questioningly. "Where would Romeo and Juliet be?" "Alive.
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Julia Quinn (Ten Things I Love About You (Bevelstoke, #3))
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It is my soul that calls upon my name; How silver-sweet sound lovers' tongues by night, like softest music to attending ears! -Romeo
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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He is Romeo, and he is heartbroken. Every word is wistful. When he says, 'O, teach me how I should forget to think!' I, for the first time, see what the big deal is about Shakespeare.
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Nina LaCour (Hold Still)
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I’ll look to like, if looking liking move; But no more deep will I endart mine eye than your consent gives strength to make it fly.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet)
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As Romeo and Juliet found to their cost, marriage is never just about two people falling in love, it is about families.
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Marina Lewycka (A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian)
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I never stopped joking around long enough to realize you weren't laughing anymore.
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Alexandra Potter (Calling Romeo)
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without passion, life is meaningless,
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Leisa Rayven (Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1))
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He knew her now. She was the weird girl in the class above him, who dyed her hair pink and always wore a lot of pentragrams and crystals. Right now she was also wearing giant chandelier earings and a violent pink T-Shirt that bore the words ROMEO AND JULIET WOULDN'T HAVE LASTED.
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Sarah Rees Brennan (The Demon's Lexicon)
β€œ
Back when I still thought her brother was born of a human mother and not spawned straight from Satan’s asshole.
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Leisa Rayven (Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1))
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Romeo was late. Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo... I snorted. It was so loud it startled a girl at a nearby table. - Rimmel
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Cambria Hebert (#Nerd (Hashtag, #1))
β€œ
Armistice Day has become Veterans' Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans' Day is not. So I will throw Veterans' Day over my shoulder. Armistice Day I will keep. I don't want to throw away any sacred things. What else is sacred? Oh, Romeo and Juliet, for instance. And all music is.
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Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (Breakfast of Champions)
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These sudden joys have sudden endings. They burn up in victory like fire and gunpowder.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
β€œ
I said ”I love you so much it’s killing me” and you kept saying sorry so I stopped explaining for it never made sense to you what always did to me to let what you love kill you and never regret. As Romeo is dying Juliet says ”I am willing to die to remain by your side” and love was never a static place of rest but the last second of euphoria while throwing yourself out from a 20 store window to be able to say ”I flew before I hit the ground”, and it was glorious. Don’t be sorry. The fall was beautiful, dear. The crash was beautiful.
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Charlotte Eriksson
β€œ
You've never heard of the Trickster King?" Puck asked, shocked. The girls shook their heads. "The Prince of Fairies? Robin Goodfellow? The Imp?" "Do you work for Santa?" Daphne asked. "I'm a fairy, not an elf!" Puck roared. "You really don't know who I am! Doesn't anyone read the classics anymore? Dozens of writers have warned about me. I'm in the most famous of all of William Shakespeare's plays." "I don't remember any Puck in Romeo and Juliet," Sabrina muttered, feeling a little amused at how the boy was reacting to his non-celebrity. "Besides Romeo and Juliet!" Puck shouted. "I'm the star of a Midsummer Night's Dream!" "Congratulation," Sabrina said flatly. "Never read it.
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Michael Buckley (The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, #1))
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Can I go forward when my heart is here?
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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If love be rough with you, be rough with love; Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down. Give me a case to put my visage in: A visor for a visor! what care I What curious eye doth quote deformities? Here are the beetle brows shall blush for me.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Care keeps his watch in every old man’s eye, And where care lodges, sleep will never lie.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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No, no. I get it. You had to do it." Kieran's eyes narrowed. "Believe it or not, I'm a sucker for romance. Two star-crossed lovers who don't fit in each other's world. Kind of like Romeo and Juliet - just with fangs.
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Jayde Scott (A Job From Hell (Ancient Legends, #1))
β€œ
Don’t even try to tell me you’ll ever love someone as much as you love me, because as arrogant as it is to say, that’s bullshit. And I feel the same way about you. Everyone else is just going to be second best for us. Don’t you get that?
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Leisa Rayven (Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1))
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Here is something that Peach, one of the Casserole Queens, says about men and women and love. You know that scene in Romeo and Juliet, where Romeo is standing on the ground looking longingly at Juliet on the balcony above him? One of the most romantic moments in all of literary history? Peach says there's no way that Romeo was standing down there to profess his undying devotion. The truth, Peach says, is that Romeo was just trying to look up Juliet's skirt.
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Deb Caletti (Honey, Baby, Sweetheart)
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Where you are born should not dictate your potential as a human being.
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RomΓ©o Dallaire (They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers)
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A plague on both your houses.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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It were a grief so brief to part with thee. Farewell.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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There are a million things in this world that can end you, that can in one second obliterate the life you work so hard to keep alive. Our lives are structured around not dying. Eating, sleeping, looking both ways before you cross the street. It's all, all of it, to keep us safe from the thing that we know is going to get us anyway. It doesn't even make sense, if you think about it. It's the world's biggest joke. Our entire lives are set up around not dying, knowing all the while that it's the one thing we can't avoid.
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Rebecca Serle (When You Were Mine)
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To move is to stir, and to be valiant is to stand; therefore, if tou art mov'd, thou runst away. (To be angry is to move, to be brave is to stand still. Therefore, if you're angry, you'll run away.)
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William Shakespeare
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Have you ever heard of Blue Streak?" I blink at him. "That's the name of a movie?" "Romeo Must Die? Bad Boys? Rush Hour? Rush Hour 2? Rush Hour 3? Actually, Rush Hour 3 wasn't that great. Tangled? "That last one, I believe, is a cartoon about a girl with very long hair, inspired by the German fairy tale Rapunzel." Kenji looks like he might be choking. "A cartoon?" he says, outraged. "Tangled is not a cartoon. Tangled is one of the greatest movies of all time. It's about fighting for freedom and true love.
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Tahereh Mafi (Defy Me (Shatter Me, #5))
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it is my lady! *sighs* o, it is my love! o, that she knew she were! she speaks, yet she sais nothing. what of that? her eye discourses; i will answer it. i am too bold, 'tis not to me she speaks; two of the fairest stars in all the heaven, having some business, do entreat her eyes to twinkle in their spheres till they return.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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O my love, my wife! Death, that hath suck'd the honey of thy breath Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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You're in love? Out Out of love? I love someone. She doesn't love me.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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And like a soprano shattering glass, Juliet heard something snap deep inside. It was the sound of her heart breaking.
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Alexandra Potter (Calling Romeo)
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Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whole misadventured piteous overthrows Do with their death bury their parents' strife. The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love, And the continuance of their parents' rage, Which, but their children's end, nought could remove, Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage; The which if you with patient ears attend, What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Shakespeare had it right all along: Love will kill you in the end.
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Raquel Cepeda (Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina)
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whats here a cup closed in my true loves hand poisin i see hath been his timeless end. oh churl drunk all and left no friendly drop to help me after. i will kiss thy lips some poisin doth hang on them, to help me die with a restorative. thy lips are warm. yea noise then ill be brief oh happy dagger this is thy sheath. there rust and let me die.
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William Shakespeare
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You terrify me. But not enough to make me think you won’t be worth it.
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Leisa Rayven (Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1))
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Romeo and Juliet, say they didn’t die but Juliet got pissed and took off. Everyone would know it was Romeo and Juliet, would always be Romeo and Juliet, even if later Romeo hooked up with Nancy. No one ever heard of Nancy, doesn’t even sound right, Romeo and Nancy. Everyone knows Romeo’s meant to be with Juliet. Even if Romeo loved Nancy, Nancy would always know she was never Juliet
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Kristen Ashley (For You (The 'Burg, #1))
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Oh, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear, Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear. So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows. The measure done, I’ll watch her place of stand, And, touching hers, make blessΓ¨d my rude hand. Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.
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William Shakespeare
β€œ
One fairer than my love? The all-seeing sun Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Let me help you be brave.
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Leisa Rayven (Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1))
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Sometimes people put up walls, not only to keep people out, but also to see who cares enough to tear them down.
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Leisa Rayven (Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1))
β€œ
Suddenly, this romantic agony was enriched by a less romantic one: I had to go to the bathroom. Needless to say, I couldn't let her know about this urge, for great lovers never did such things. The answer to "Romeo Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?" was not "In the men's room, Julie.
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Bill Cosby (Love and Marriage)
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Their eyes met. It had begun. They had begun.
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Alexandra Potter (Calling Romeo)
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Thou shalt not stir one foot to seek a foe.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Juliet shook her head. The thought of eating anything made her feel nauseous. "No thanks, I'm not hungry." "Oh yeah, the heartbreak diet," nodded Trudy sagely. "Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt.
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Alexandra Potter (Calling Romeo)
β€œ
Shh. Don’t talk. Just let me smell you.
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Leisa Rayven (Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1))
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Some grief shows much of love, But much of grief shows still some want of wit.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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These times of woe afford no time to woo.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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thy wit is a very bitter sweeting; it is a most sharp sauce.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet)
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Suicides also involuntarily prove that life has a meaning, for their despair is due to the fact that life does not fulfill their arbitrary and contradictory demands. These demands could only be fulfilled if life were devoid of meaning; the non-fulfillment proves that life has a meaning which these persons, owing to their irrationality, do not wish to know (instances: Romeo, Cleopatra).
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Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov
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He’s sold his soul to Lucifer in return for sexual powers over frustrated virgins. It would explain a lot.
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Leisa Rayven (Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1))
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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.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Of one that lov'd not wisely but too well.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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There's no trust, No faith, no honesty in men; all perjured, All forsworn, all naught, all dissemblers.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Are all humans human? Or are some more human than others?
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RomΓ©o Dallaire
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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. . . . The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars As daylight doth a lamp; her eye in heaven Would through the airy region stream so bright That birds would sing and think it were not night.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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We try, we struggle, all the time to find words to express our love. The quality, the quantity, certain that no two people have experienced it before in the history of creation. Perhaps Catherine and Heathcliff, perhaps Romeo and Juliet, maybe Tristan and Isolde, maybe Hero and Leander, but these are just characters, make-believe. We have known each other forever, since before conception even. We remember playing together in a playpen, crossing paths at FAO Schwarz. We remember meeting in front of the Holy Temple in the days before Christ, we remember greeting each other at the Forum, at the Parthenon, on passing ships as Christopher Columbus sailed to America. We have survived pogrom together, we have died in Dachau together, we have been lynched by the Ku Klux Klan together. There has been cancer, polio, the bubonic plague, consumption, morphine addiction. We have had children together, we have been children together, we were in the womb together. Our history is so deep and wide and long, we have known each other a million years. And we don't know how to express this kind of love, this kind of feeling. I get paralyzed sometimes. One day, we are in the shower and I want to say to him, I could be submerged in sixty feet of water right now, never drowning, never even fearing drowning, knowing I would always be safe with you here, knowing that it would be ok to die as long as you are here. I want to say this but don't.
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Elizabeth Wurtzel (Prozac Nation)
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Love is a smoke rais'd with the fume of sighs; being purg'd, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes; being vex'd, a sea nourish'd with lovers' tears; what is it else? A madness most discreet, a choking gall, and a preserving sweet.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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I used to think Romeo and Juliet was the greatest love story ever written. But now that I’m middle-aged, I know better. Oh, Romeo certainly thinks he loves his Juliet. Driven by hormones, he unquestionably lusts for her. But if he loves her, it’s a shallow love. You want proof?” Cagney didn’t wait for Dr. Victor to say yay or nay. β€œSoon after meeting her for the first time, he realizes he forgot to ask her for her name. Can true love be founded upon such shallow acquaintance? I don’t think so. And at the end, when he thinks she’s dead, he finds no comfort in living out the remainder of his life within the paradigm of his love, at least keeping alive the memory of what they had briefly shared, even if it was no more than illusion, or more accurately, hormonal. β€œThose of us watching events unfold from the darkness know she merely lies in slumber. But does he seek the reason for her life-like appearance? No. Instead he accuses Death of amorousness, convinced that the β€˜lean abhorred monster’ endeavors to keep Juliet in her present state, her cheeks flushed, so that she might cater to his own dissolute desires. But does Romeo hold her in his arms one last time and feel the warmth of her blood still coursing through her veins? Does he pinch her to see if she might awaken? Hold a mirror to her nose to see if her breath fogs it? Once, twice, three times a β€˜no.’” Cagney sighed, listened to the leather creak as he shifted his weight in his chair. β€œNo,” he repeated. β€œHis alleged love is so superficial and selfish that he seeks to escape the pain of loss by taking his own life. That’s not love, but obsessive infatuation. Had they wedβ€”Juliet bearing many children, bonding, growing together, the masks of the star-struck teens they once were long ago cast away, basking in the comforting campfire of a love born of a lifetime together, not devoured by the raging forest fire of youth that consumes everything and leaves behind nothingβ€”and she died of natural causes, would Romeo have been so moved to take his own life, or would he have grieved properly, for her loss and not just his own?
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J. Conrad Guest (The Cobb Legacy)
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His voice gentled and his touch became more like a caress. "I love you," he whispered. "Romeo..." "I love your glasses, your clumsiness, your wild hair, even the way you snort when you laugh." He smiled. "I love you in spite of yourself, Rim. Can't you love me in spite of myself?" I couldn't help it, I smiled. "You do come with a lot of baggage." I sighed. "You're impossibly good-looking, terrible at math, and you like to drink that swill you call beer." I mock shuddered. He smiled, but I saw the relief in his eyes. "Me being good-looking is a bad thing?" he teased. "You have a lot of options," I said seriously. "I'm not the best one." "No." He agreed. "You're not." Geez, he could have said it a little nicer. "You're the only one." Oh, well, that was much better. - Romeo & Rimmel
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Cambria Hebert (#Nerd (Hashtag, #1))
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When my husband had an affair with someone else I watched his eyes glaze over when we ate dinner together and I heard him singing to himself without me, and when he tended the garden it was not for me. He was courteous and polite; he enjoyed being at home, but in the fantasy of his home I was not the one who sat opposite him and laughed at his jokes. He didn't want to change anything; he liked his life. The only thing he wanted to change was me. It would have been better if he had hated me, or if he had abused me, or if he had packed his new suitcases and left. As it was he continued to put his arm round me and talk about being a new wall to replace the rotten fence that divided our garden from his vegetable patch. I knew he would never leave our house. He had worked for it. Day by day I felt myself disappearing. For my husband I was no longer a reality, I was one of the things around him. I was the fence which needed to be replaced. I watched myself in the mirror and saw that I was mo longer vivid and exciting. I was worn and gray like an old sweater you can't throw out but won't put on. He admitted he was in love with her, but he said he loved me. Translated, that means, I want everything. Translated, that means, I don't want to hurt you yet. Translated, that means, I don't know what to do, give me time. Why, why should I give you time? What time are you giving me? I am in a cell waiting to be called for execution. I loved him and I was in love with him. I didn't use language to make a war-zone of my heart. 'You're so simple and good,' he said, brushing the hair from my face. He meant, Your emotions are not complex like mine. My dilemma is poetic. But there was no dilemma. He no longer wanted me, but he wanted our life Eventually, when he had been away with her for a few days and returned restless and conciliatory, I decided not to wait in my cell any longer. I went to where he was sleeping in another room and I asked him to leave. Very patiently he asked me to remember that the house was his home, that he couldn't be expected to make himself homeless because he was in love. 'Medea did,' I said, 'and Romeo and Juliet and Cressida, and Ruth in the Bible.' He asked me to shut up. He wasn't a hero. 'Then why should I be a heroine?' He didn't answer, he plucked at the blanket. I considered my choices. I could stay and be unhappy and humiliated. I could leave and be unhappy and dignified. I could Beg him to touch me again. I could live in hope and die of bitterness. I took some things and left. It wasn't easy, it was my home too. I hear he's replaced the back fence.
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Jeanette Winterson (Sexing the Cherry)
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Nick sat on the stairs, completely comatose. He stared straight ahead as if he'd been frozen in place. "Nick? You all right?" He didn't respond. Kyrian moved around him until he stood in front of him. He snapped his fingers in front of Nick's face. "Kid?" Nick blinked before he met Kyrian's gaze. "I'm not worthy," he said in a breathless tone. Baffled by his comment, Kyrian stared at him. "What?" Nick gestured towards his cars. "Dude that's a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, and a Bentley. And I'm not talking the cheap models. Those are the top of the top of the top of the line, fully loaded. I swear, that's real gold trim in the Bugatti. There's more money in metal in here than my brain can even tabulate. Oh my God! I shouldn't even be breathing the same air." Kyrian laughed at his awed tone. "It's all right, Nick. I need you to clean them." "Are you out of your ever-loving mind? What if I scratch them?" "You won't" "Nah I might. Those aren't cars, Kyrian. Those are works of art. I'm talking serious modes of transportation." "I know, and I drive them all the time." "No, no, no, no, no. I can't touch something so fine. I can't" Kyrian cuffed him on the shoulder. "Yes, you can. They don't bite, and they need to be washed.
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Sherrilyn Kenyon (Invincible (Chronicles of Nick, #2))
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Alas, that love, whose view is muffled still, Should, without eyes, see pathways to his will! Where shall we dine? O me! What fray was here? Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all. Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love. Why, then, O brawling love! O loving hate! O any thing, of nothing first create! O heavy lightness! Serious vanity! Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms! Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health! Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is! This love feel I, that feel no love in this. Dost thou not laugh?
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
β€œ
Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whole misadventured piteous overthrows Do with their death bury their parents' strife. The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love, And the continuance of their parents' rage, Which, but their children's end, nought could remove, Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage; The which if you with patient ears attend, What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
β€œ
I pick up the phone and jab the answer button. β€œListen, dancing queen, I’m drunk, horny, and in no mood to hear about pretty men who aren’t going to fuck me. So for the love of my poor neglected vagina, order yourself another Cosmo and please fuck off.” There’s a pause and an uncertain cough. β€œI’m more than happy to fuck off, but if it makes a different, I wasn’t going to talk about dicks. I’m far more interested to hear more about your poor neglected vagina. How’s she been? We haven’t had a face-to-face in a while.
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Leisa Rayven (Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1))
β€œ
There are blondes and blondes and it is almost a joke word nowadays. All blondes have their points, except perhaps the metallic ones who are as blond as a Zulu under the bleach and as to disposition as soft as a sidewalk. There is the small cute blonde who cheeps and twitters, and the big statuesque blonde who straight-arms you with an ice-blue glare. There is the blonde who gives you the up-from-under look and smells lovely and shimmers and hangs on your arm and is always very tired when you take her home. She makes that helpless gesture and has that goddamned headache and you would like to slug her except that you are glad you found out about the headache before you invested too much time and money and hope in her. Because the headache will always be there, a weapon that never wears out and is as deadly as the bravo’s rapier or Lucrezia’s poison vial. There is the soft and willing and alcoholic blonde who doesn’t care what she wears as long as it is mink or where she goes as long as it is the Starlight Roof and there is plenty of dry champagne. There is the small perky blonde who is a little pal and wants to pay her own way and is full of sunshine and common sense and knows judo from the ground up and can toss a truck driver over her shoulder without missing more than one sentence out of the editorial in the Saturday Review. There is the pale, pale blonde with anemia of some non-fatal but incurable type. She is very languid and very shadowy and she speaks softly out of nowhere and you can’t lay a finger on her because in the first place you don’t want to and in the second place she is reading The Waste Land or Dante in the original, or Kafka or Kierkegaard or studying ProvenΓ§al. She adores music and when the New York Philharmonic is playing Hindemith she can tell you which one of the six bass viols came in a quarter of a beat too late. I hear Toscanini can also. That makes two of them. And lastly there is the gorgeous show piece who will outlast three kingpin racketeers and then marry a couple of millionaires at a million a head and end up with a pale rose villa at Cap Antibes, an Alfa-Romeo town car complete with pilot and co-pilot, and a stable of shopworn aristocrats, all of whom she will treat with the affectionate absent-mindedness of an elderly duke saying goodnight to his butler.
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Raymond Chandler (The Long Goodbye (Philip Marlowe, #6))
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We stand there for a few seconds before he thrusts one of the cardboard cups at me and says, β€œOh, shit. This is, uh…this is for you.” I take it and hold it up to my nose. β€œWhat is it?” β€œIt’s an I’m-a-dick-achino.” I try to stop the smile that lifts the corners of my mouth. β€œHuh. Smells like plain old hot chocolate to me.” β€œYeah, well, it turns out they were out of dick-achinos. I offered to make some more, but they said I was overqualified.” β€œThey were right.
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Leisa Rayven (Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1))
β€œ
People always say the greatest love story in the world is Romeo and Juliet. I don't know. At fourteen, at seventeen, I remember, it takes over your whole life." Alice was worked up now, her face flushed and alive, her hands cutting through the night-blooming air. "You think about nobody, nothing else, you don't eat or sleep, you just think about this . . . it's overwhelming. I know, I remember. But is it love? Like how you have cheap brandy when you're young and you think it's marvelous, just so elegant, and you don't know, you don't know anything . . . because, you've never tasted anything better. You're fourteen." It was no time for lying. "I think it's love" You do?" I think maybe it's the only true love." She was about to say something, and stopped herself. I'd surprised her, I suppose. "How sad if you're right," she said, closing her eyes for a moment. "Because we never end up with them. How sad and stupid if that's how it works.
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Andrew Sean Greer (The Confessions of Max Tivoli)
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So sell the Hummer, buy a Dodge, and move into a trailer. (Wulf) Oh, yeah, right. Remember when I traded the Hummer for an Alpha Romeo last year? You burned the car and bought me a new Hummer and threatened to lock me in my room with a hooker if I ever did it again. And as for the perks…Have you bothered to look around this place? We have a heated indoor pool, a theater with surround sound, two cooks, three maids, and a pool guy I get to boss around, not to mention all kinds of other fun toys. I’m not about to leave Disneyland. It’s the only good part in this arrangement. I mean, hell, if my life has to suck there’s no way I’m going to live in the Mini-Winni. Which knowing you, you’d make me park out front anyway with armed guards standing watch in case I get a hangnail. (Chris)
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Sherrilyn Kenyon (Kiss of the Night (Dark-Hunter, #4))
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Oh, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear, Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear. So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows. The measure done, I’ll watch her place of stand, And, touching hers, make blessΓ¨d my rude hand. Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night. *Oh, she shows the torches how to burn bright! She stands out against the darkness like a jeweled earring hanging against the cheek of an African. Her beauty is too good for this world; she’s too beautiful to die and be buried. She outshines the other women like a white dove in the middle of a flock of crows. When this dance is over, I’ll see where she stands, and then I’ll touch her hand with my rough and ugly one. Did my heart ever love anyone before this moment? My eyes were liars, then, because I never saw true beauty before tonight.*
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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At first she thought the writing would be easy. She was extremely confident in her ability to dream, to imagine, and she supposed that expressing her dreams in words, in writing, would be entirely natural, like drawing breath. She had read widely from the time she was a child, and she knew how to recognize something that was well written. She admired certain lines and passages so much that she had taken complete possession of them and committed them to memory. She could recite β€œThe Gettysburg Address” and β€œThe Twenty-Third Psalm.” She could recite β€œJabberwocky” and Emily Dickinson’s β€œFurther in summer that the birds” and Wallace Stevens’s β€œSunday Morning.” She knew by heart the final paragraph of Joyce’s β€œThe Dead,” and if challenged she could say in whole the parts of both Romeo and Juliet. And she knew many Kiowa stories and many long prayers in Navajo. These were not feats of memory in the ordinary sense; it was simply that she attended to these things so closely that they became a part of her most personal experience. She had assumed them, appropriated them to her being. But to write! She discovered that was something else again.
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N. Scott Momaday (The Ancient Child)
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Rwanda will never ever leave me. It's in the pores of my body. My soul is in those hills, my spirit is with the spirits of all those people who were slaughtered and killed that I know of, and many that I didn't know. … Fifty to sixty thousand people walking in the rain and the mud to escape being killed, and seeing a person there beside the road dying. We saw lots of them dying. And lots of those eyes still haunt me, angry eyes or innocent eyes, no laughing eyes. But the worst eyes that haunt me are the eyes of those people who were totally bewildered. They're looking at me with my blue beret and they're saying, "What in the hell happened? We were moving towards peace. You were there as the guarantor" -- their interpretation -- "of the mandate. How come I'm dying here?" Those eyes dominated and they're absolutely right. How come I failed? How come my mission failed? How come as the commander who has the total responsibility-- We learn that, it's ingrained in us, because when we take responsibility it means the responsibility of life and death, of humans that we love.
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RomΓ©o Dallaire
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Wilt thou be gone? it is not yet near day: It was the nightingale, and not the lark, That pierc'd the fearful hollow of thine ear; Nightly she sings on yon pomegranate tree: Believe me, love, it was the nightingale. Rom. It was the lark, the herald of the morn, No nightingale: look, love, what envious streaks Do lace the severing clouds in yonder east: Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops: I must be gone and live, or stay and die. Jul. Yon light is not daylight, I know it, I: It is some meteor that the sun exhales, To be to thee this night a torch-bearer, And light thee on thy way to Mantua: Therefore stay yet; thou need'st not to be gone, Rom. Let me be ta'en,, let me be put to death; I am content, so thou wilt have it so. I'll say yon grey is not the morning's eye, 'T is but the pale reflex of Cynthia's brow; Nor that is not the lark, whose notes do beat The vaulty heaven so high above our heads: I have more care to stay than will to go: Come, death, and welcome! Juliet wills it so, How is't my soul? let's talk; it is not day. Jul. It is, it is; hie hence, be gone, away! It is the lark that sings so out of tune, Straining harsh discords and unpleasing sharps. Some say the lark makes sweet division; This doth not so, for she divideth us: Some say the lark and loathed toad change eyes; O! now I would they had changed voices too, Since arm from arm that voice doth us affray, Hunting thee hence with hunt's up to the day. O! now be gone; more light and light it grows. Rom. More light and light; more dark and dark our woes.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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I’m kind of hoping it will end like this. You made me happy. Very happy. But…you deserve everything. Wife, kids, a white picket fence.” β€œAnd I’ll have all of it. With you.” β€œYou know that can’t happen with me.” β€œThen it can’t happen with anyone. There won’t be a next Rosie. And there won’t be another story like ours. This is it, Rose LeBlanc. And this is us. If there is no you, then there is no me.” β€œYou know, I always hated Romeo and Juliet . The play. The movie. The very idea. It was tragic, all right. Tragically stupid. I mean, they were what? Thirteen? Sixteen? What a waste of life, to kill yourself because your family wouldn’t let you get hitched. But Romeo and Juliet were right. I was the next eleven years killing myself slowly while I grieved for you. Then you came back, and I still thought it was just a fascination. But now that I know…” β€œNow that I know that it can only ever be you, you’re going to get better for me so Earth won’t explode. Can you do that, Sirius? I promise not to leave this room until you get out. Not even for a shower. Not even to get you your chocolate chip cookies. I’ll get someone to drive all the way to New York and bring them for you.” β€œI love you.” Rosie’s tears curtained her vision. β€œI love you, Baby LeBlanc,” I said. β€œSo fucking much. You taught me how to love. How well did I do?” β€œA-plus,” she whispered. β€œYou aced it. Can you promise me something?” β€œAnything.” β€œ Live .” β€œNot without you.” β€œAnd have kids. Lots of them. They’re fun.” β€œRosie…” β€œI’m not afraid. I got what I wanted from this life. You .” β€œRosie.” β€œI love you, Earth. You were good to me.” β€œRose!” Her eyes closed, the door opened, the sound on her monitor went off, and my heart disintegrated. Piece. By piece. By piece.
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L.J. Shen (Ruckus (Sinners of Saint, #2))
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William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564 – died 23 April 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others. Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century. Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights. Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in 1623 two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare's. Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century. The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare's genius, and the Victorians hero-worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called "bardolatry". In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance. His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world. Source: Wikipedia
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)