The Bard of Avon, Shakespeare, is not just the greatest English poet and playwright in English Literature but is infact one of the best romantic writers of all times. His words have a seducing, tempting and charismatic effect which if used in the right context with the right mix of feelings can make one’s beloved go warm and fuzzy within. Yes, his couplets, verses and quotes take the expression of love to a different level altogether. Refined and poetic or just enticing literature if one might say so, that’s what Shakespearean lines are. Here is a list of top 10 such line one might use for one’s dearly loved.
10. If music be the food of love, play on – Twelfth Night:
We often wonder what could cure us of the toils of love, just like too much food kills one’s appetite perhaps too much love can prevent us from longing for more. It is this idea that is beautifully articulated by Shakespeare in a single line in ‘The Twelfth Night’!
9. Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, Too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorn – Romeo and Juliet:
Shakespeare sure brings to the forefront the agony of tragic love through his master piece ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Star-crossed lovers belonging to feuding families and their untimely deaths are brought together in a single offering by the Bard. The tragedy of love or the upheaval it often brings is an emotion far too well known and what better way to express it then these wonderful depth laden lines by the master himself.
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8. Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate – Sonnet 18:
Titled as ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?’Sonnet 18is a typical Shakespearean sonnet of 14 lines. In this poem, Shakespeare through his words compares a beloved to the summer season. An everlasting poem of everlasting love and beautifully orchestrated through the opening two lines mentioned here. Who is to say that this is not one of the best ways to refer to a lover?
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7. Love sought is good, but given unsought is better – Twelfth Night:
This beautiful line by Shakespeare appears in his work ‘Twelfth Night’. Yearning for that special someone has its own perks who when found is special indeed. But there is something more magical and enthralling, which is the love that comes unexpectedly. Yes, looking for something and finding it is good but finding something without searching is even better.
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6. I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest – Much Ado About Nothing:
Wouldn’t we love to hear these words from our soul mates? The epiphany of so much love that there is no room for doubt or dispute, something that perhaps everyone would have experienced at some point in time or the other. Yes, this single line speaks multitudes about the connotations of fathomless love. This line appears in Shakespeare’s work ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.
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5. Love is a smoke and is made with the fume of sighs – Romeo and Juliet:
‘Romeo and Juliet’, the sacred text of tragic yet eternal love, stands testament to yet another line deep in meaning. The world has not been too kind a place for lovers, be it in the past or in this very era; hence this line becomes even more credible. Heart-rending love through Shakespeare’s words, well it is nothing but classic in itself.
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4. Whoever loved that loved not at first sight? – As You Like It:
What is love if not at first sight? What is love if you don’t recognize your soul mate on setting your eyes for the first time ever? Yes, this very emotion is depicted by this line which features in Shakespeare’s wonderful work ‘As You Like It’.
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3. One half of me is yours, the other half yours, Mine own, I would say; but if mine, then yours, And so all yours – The Merchant of Venice:
Well if your life begins and ends with the resonance of love then what better way to express it then these very lines from Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’. The synopsis of being one in love, being one soul and sharing a life; yes that’s what these line enunciate and that too in a sweet emotional fashion.
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2. Hear my soul speak: the very instant that I saw you, did My heart fly to your service – The Tempest:
What can better explain love at first sight then these beautiful words crafted by Shakespeare? A truly magnificent Shakespearean romance, ‘The Tempest’, draws heavily on the notions of mysterious love. The idea of love at first sight perhaps wouldn’t find a more befitting definition then there three lines above!
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1. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind – A Midsummer Night’s Dream:
The above two lines are perhaps the most quoted of Shakespeare’s lines which appear in his highly celebrated work ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Titania falling in love with a donkey due to love potion applied over her eyes by fairies is enunciated in this piece of work perhaps as Shakespeare’s way of saying that love really does not see with the eyes and hence these epic lines!