Much Ado About Nothing- Words & Quotes

Words from Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare:

(WARNING: Some of these are from Elizabethan England and are no longer relevant. However they may be used to be quirky, whimsical, or just appear smart.)

  • victal- food, provisions
  • jade’s trick- an unfair or foolish conclusion
  • poniard- sword
  • blazon- description
  • common stale- lowest class prostitute
  • reft- deprived
  • coxcomb- fool’s hat, or simply a fool
  • cog- cheat
  • anticly- grotesquely dressed
  • quondam- former

Quotes from Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare:

“How much better it is to weep at joy than to joy at weeping!”

“… but when you depart from me, sorrow abides and happiness takes his leave.”

“I had rather be a canker in a hedge than a rose in his grace.”

“Friendship is constant in all other things / Save in the office and affairs of love.”

“Silence is the perfect herald of joy.”

“Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.”

“For so it falls out / That what we have we prize not to the worth / Whiles we enjoy it, but being lacked and lost, / Why then we rack the value, then we find / The virtue that possession would not show us / Whiles it was ours.”

“Come, lady, die to live.”

“I do love nothing in this world so well as you.”

“I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest.”

“I am gone, though I am here. There is no love in you.”

“If a man do not erect a tomb ere he dies, he shall live no longer in monument than the bell rings and the widow weeps.”

“Why what’s the matter/ That you have such a February face, / So full of frost, of storm, of cloudiness?”


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