10 wedding readings and love quotes by Shakespeare

08 Mar 2017

Wedding readings don't get any more romantic than Shakespeare, so here are 10 of the best tear-jerking Shakespeare love quotes

Whether you're looking for a short quote or a long verse, the works of Shakespeare are packed with words which exude romance and meaning. Here are just some of Shakespeare's most heartfelt readings and professions of love.

1. Romeo & Juliet

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. 

2. Sonnet 116

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. 
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

3. Hamlet

Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.

4. A Midsummer Night's Dream

But earthlier happy is the rose distill'd, 
Than that which withering on the virgin thorn 
Grows, lives and dies in single blessedness. 

5. The Tempest

Honour, riches, marriage-blessing, 
Long continuance, and increasing, 
Hourly joys be still upon you! 
Juno sings her blessings upon you. 

6. The Merchant of Venice

One half of me is yours, the other half yours
Mine own, I would say; but if mine, then yours,
And so all yours.

7. Sonnet 18

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? 
Thou art more lovely and more temperate: 
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

8. Twelfth Night

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, thou therefore hast no cause
But rather reason thus with reason fetter,
Love sought is good, but given unsought better.

9. As You Like It

No sooner met but they looked, no sooner looked but they loved, no sooner loved but they sighed, no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason, no sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy; and in these degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage.

10. Love's Labour Lost

But love, first learned in a lady’s eyes,
Lives not alone immured 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.

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