Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love quotes

58 total quotes (ID: 529)

Edmund Tylney, Master of the Revels
Multiple Characters
Ned Alleyn
Philip Henslowe
Queen Elizabeth
Viola De Lesseps
William Shakespeare


You see? The consumptives plot against me. "Will Shakespeare has a play, let us go and cough through it."


[to her Nurse] I will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love. Love above all. No... not the artful postures of love, not playful and poetical games of love for the amusement of an evening, but love that... over-throws life. Unbiddable, ungovernable - like a riot in the heart, and nothing to be done, come ruin or rapture. Love - like there has never been in a play.

Queen Elizabeth: Playwrights teach us nothing about love. They make it pretty, they make it comical, or they make it lust, but they cannot make it true.
Viola De Lesseps: Oh, but they can!

Philip Henslowe: Mr. Fennyman, allow me to explain about the theatre business. The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.
Hugh Fennyman: So what do we do?
Philip Henslowe: Nothing. Strangely enough, it all turns out well.
Hugh Fennyman: How?
Philip Henslowe: I don't know. It's a mystery.

Viola De Lesseps: [after her first experience with sex] I would not have thought it: there IS something better than a play!
William Shakespeare: There is.
Viola De Lesseps: Even your play.
William Shakespeare: Hmm?
Viola De Lesseps: And that was only my first try.

[to Rosaline] Are you to be my muse?

It is not a comedy I'm writing now.

Love knows nothing of rank or river bank.

Love denied blights the soul we owe to God.

A broad river divides my lovers: family, duty, fate. As unchangeable as nature.

[to Viola, as they part] You will never age for me, nor fade, nor die.

[last lines] My story starts at sea... a perilous voyage to an unknown land... a shipwreck... the wild waters roar and heave... the brave vessel is dashed all to pieces, and all the helpless souls within her drowned... all save one... a lady... whose soul is greater than the ocean... and her spirit stronger than the sea's embrace... not for her a watery end, but a new life beginning on a stranger shore. It will be a love story... for she will be my heroine for all time. And her name... Viola.

I'm fortune's fool!

I would stay asleep my whole life, if I could dream myself into a company of players.

[to Will] Good sir? I heard you were a poet. But a poet of no words?