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


[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.


Nurse: My lady, the house is stirring. It is a new day.
Viola De Lesseps: It is a new WORLD.

[expressing displeasure with Juliet's performance] Suffering cats!

William Shakespeare: I have a new play.
Christopher Marlowe: What's it called?
William Shakespeare: Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter.
Christopher Marlowe: What is the story?
William Shakespeare: Well, there's this pirate... In truth I have not written a word.
Christopher Marlowe: Romeo...Romeo is Italian. Always in and out of love.
William Shakespeare: Yes, that's good. Until he meets...
Christopher Marlowe: Ethel
William Shakespeare: Do you think?
Christopher Marlowe: The daughter of his enemy.
William Shakespeare: The daughter of his enemy...
Christopher Marlowe: His best friend is killed in a duel by Ethel's brother, or something. His name is Mercutio.
William Shakespeare: Mercutio...Good name.
Nol: Will, they're waiting for you!
William Shakespeare: I'm coming...Good luck with yours, Kit.
Christopher Marlowe: I thought your play was for Burbage.
William Shakespeare: This is a different one.
Christopher Marlowe: A different one you haven't written?

[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.

Viola De Lesseps: Master Shakespeare?
William Shakespeare: The same, alas.
Viola De Lesseps: Oh, but why "alas"?
William Shakespeare: A lowly player.
Viola De Lesseps: Alas indeed, for I thought you the highest poet of my esteem and writer of plays that capture my heart.
William Shakespeare: Oh - I am him too!

Viola de Lesseps: [as Thomas Kent] Tell me how you love her, Will.
William Shakespeare: Like a sickness and its cure together.

And you, Sir, are a Warwickshire shithouse.

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.

Viola De Lesseps: I loved a writer and gave up the prize for a sonnet.
William Shakespeare: I was the more deceived.
Viola De Lesseps: Yes, you were deceived, for I did not know how much I loved you.

Fifty pounds! A very worthy sum on a very worthy question. Can a play show us the very truth and nature of love? I bear witness to the wager, and will be the judge of it as occasion arises. I have not seen anything to settle it yet.

Love denied blights the soul we owe to God.

The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.

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