Love's Labours Lost: Top Ten Quotes
- "Therefor brave conquerors, for so you are That war against your own affections And the huge army of the world's desires"
Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 108-110
King Ferdinand describes to the men the strictures they must follow.
- "At Christmas I no more desire a rose Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled shows, But like each thing that in season grows."
Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 109-111
Berowne stating to the men his reasons for not wanting to sign.
- ".love is a familiar; love is a devil. There is no evil angel but love."
Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 172-173
Armando professing his attitudes toward love because of it's affect on him.
- "I would forget her, but a fever she Reigns in my blood, and will remembered be"
Act 4, Scene 3 Lines 99-100
Dumaine exclaiming that it is impossible to forget the woman he loves.
- "Love, whose month is ever May, Spied a blossom passing fair, Playing in the wanton air.
Act 4, Scene 3 Lines 106-108
Dumaine's poem in which he reads aloud and the other men overhear.
- "Do not call it sin in me That I am forsworn for thee"
Act 4, Scene 3 Lines 119-120
Dumaine's poem paralleling the women's thoughts of the men and their self-enforced deprivation.
- "I, that am honest, I, that hold it sin To break the vow I am engagd in."
Act 4, Scene 3 Lines 186-187
Berowne berating his comrades before his own affection is discovered.
- "But love, first learnd in a ladies eyes, Lives not alone immurd in the brain, But with the motion of all elements Courses as swift as thought in every power, And gives to every power a double power, Above their functions and their offices. It adds a precious seeing to the eye. They are the books, the arts, the academies That show, contain, and nourish all the world. Else none at all in ought proves excellent. Then fools you were these women to forswear, Or keeping what is sworn , you will prove fools."
Act 4, Scene 3 lines 321-330, 346-350
Berowne explains to the other lords why it is beneficial to them to break their oaths and love the women.
- "The tongues of mocking wenches are as keen As the razor's edge invisible, Cutting a smaller hair than may be seen"
Act 5, Scene 2, Lines 181-183
Boyet commenting on the women mocking the men.
- "Your oath I will not trust, but go with speed to some forlorn and naked hermitage, Remote from all the pleasures of the world. There stay until the twelve celestial signs Have brought about the annual reckoning. If this austere insociable life Change not your offer made in heat of blood; If frosts and fasts, hard lodging, and thin weeds Nip not the gaudy blossoms of your love, But that it bear this trial, and last love; Then, at the expiration of the year, Come challenge me, challenge me by these deserts, And by this virgin palm now kissing thine, I will be thine."
Act 5, Scene 2, Lines 871-884
The Princess telling the King that she cannot trust his love until he keeps his oaths of deprivation for at least a year.