Twelfth Night: Top Ten Quotes
- "If music be the food of love, play on."
Orsino opens the play expressing his love for the Lady Olivia.
- "Conceal me what I am, and be my aid
For such disguise as happily shall become
The form of my intent. I'll serve this duke."
Viola to the captain when she decides to enter the Duke's service as a eunuch.
- "Make me a willow cabin at your gate
And call upon my soul within the house,
Write loyal cantons of contemned love
And sing them loud even in the dead of night"
Viola (as Cesario) says to Lady Olivia for Orsino.
- "Oh Time, thou must untangle this, not I.
It is to hard a know for me t' untie."
Viola says because she does not know what to do about the situation she is in.
- ".She never told her love,
But let concealment, like a worm i' th' bud,
Feed on her damask cheek. She pined in thought
And with a green and yellow melancholy
She sat like Patience on a monument,
Smiling at grief. Was not this love indeed?
We men may say more, swear more, but indeed,
Our shows are more than will; for still we prove
Much in our vows, but little in our love."
Viola talking to Orsino about her love though he does not know she is talking about herself.
- "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em."
Malvolio reading from the planted letter and believing that it is talking about him.
- "This fellow is wise enough to play the fool
And to do that well craves a kind of wit."
Viola says to herself about Feste.
- "O, what a deal of scorn looks beautiful
In the contempt and anger of his lip!
A murderous guilt shows not itself more soon
Than love that would seem hid. Love's night is
Cesario, by the roses of the spring
By maidenhood, honor, truth, and everything,
I love thee so, that, maugre all thy pride,
Nor wit nor reason can my passion hide.
Do not extort thy reasons from this clause,
For that I woo, though therefor hast no cause;
But rather reason thus with reason fetter:
Love sought is good, but given unsought is better."
Olivia says to Cesario when pleading for his love.
- "What relish is this? How runs the stream?
Or am I mad, or else this is a dream.
Let fancy still my sense in Lethe steep;
If it be thus to dream, still let me sleep!"
Sebastian on his confusion/elation of having Lady Olivia's love.
- "But when in other habits you are seen,
Orsino's mistress, and his fancy's queen."
Orsino to Viola at the end of play before they go off and live happily ever after.
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- Twelfth Night
- Act 1, Scene 1
- Act 1, Scene 2
- Act 1, Scene 3
- Act 1, Scene 4
- Act 1, Scene 5
- Act 2, Scene 1
- Act 2, Scene 2
- Act 2, Scene 3
- Act 2, Scene 4
- Act 2, Scene 5
- Act 3, Scene 1
- Act 3, Scene 2
- Act 3, Scene 3
- Act 3, Scene 4
- Act 4, Scene 1
- Act 4, Scene 2
- Act 4, Scene 3
- Act 5, Scene 1
- Character Profiles
- Metaphor Analysis
- Theme Analysis
- Top Ten Quotes
- William Shakespeare