“Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs;
Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;
Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears.
What is it else? A madness most discreet,
A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.”
— Romeo (Act 1, Scene I)
O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do;
They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.
Saints do not move, though grant for prayers’ sake.
Then move not, while my prayer’s effect I take.
Thus from my lips, by yours, my sin is purged.
Then have my lips the sin that they have took.
Sin from thy lips? O trespass sweetly urged!
Give me my sin again.
You kiss by the book.
— Act 1, Scene V
“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.”
― Juliet (Act 2, Scene II)
“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.”
— Friar Laurence (Act 2, Scene VI)
Text sources are from Shakespeare-navigators.com.
Images of paintings are all from Wikimedia Commons, and they are: “O, Romeo, Romeo, Wherefore Art Thou Romeo?” by William Hatherell (1912), “Representing the famous balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet” by Frank Dicksee (1884), “Romeo and Juliet with Friar Laurence” by Henry William Bunbury (1792-96), and “The Reconciliation of the Montagues and Capulets over the Dead Bodies of Romeo and Juliet” by Frederic Leighton (1855).