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25 pieces of Shakespearean dating advice

Love, as Pat Benatar often reminds us, is a battlefield. So, best be prepared with a suit of armour and some heavy artillery.

Or, if you’re of a slightly more sensitive disposition, why not try a different tack – delve into the many revelatory words and bon mots of one William Shakespeare. As the great man himself said: If you love and get hurt, love more. If you love more and hurt more, love even more. If you love even more and get hurt even more, love some more until it hurts no more.

So, if it’s 25 pieces of sage Shakespearean dating advice you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

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  • 25 pieces of Shakespearean dating advice

    As You Like It

    It is as easy to count atomies as to resolve the propositions of a lover.

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    Twelfth Night

    Love sought is good, but giv'n unsought is better.

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    A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    Ay me! for aught that I ever could read,

    Could ever hear by tale or history,

    The course of true love never did run smooth.

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    Much Ado About Nothing

    Friendship is constant in all other things

    Save in the office and affairs of love:

    Therefore, all hearts in love use their own tongues;

    Let every eye negotiate for itself

    And trust no agent.

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    Romeo and Juliet

    Love is heavy and light, bright and dark, hot and cold, sick and healthy, asleep and awake. It’s everything except what it is.

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    Merry Wives of Windsor

    Love like a shadow flies when substance love pursues;

    Pursuing that that flies, and flying what pursues

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    As You Like It

    Love is merely a madness; and, I tell you, deserves as well a dark house and a whip as madmen do; and the reason why they are no so punish’d and cured is that the lunacy is so ordinary that the whippers are in love too.

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    A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.

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    Romeo and Juliet

    A lover goes toward his beloved as enthusiastically as a schoolboy leaving his books, but when he leaves his girlfriend, he feels as miserable as the schoolboy on his way to school.

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    A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;

    And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.

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    All’s Well That Ends Well

    Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none

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    As You Like It

    If thou remember'st not the slightest folly

    That ever love did make thee run into,

    Thou hast not lov'd

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    Romeo and Juliet

    Love is a smoke rais'd with the fume of sighs;

    Being purg'd, a fire sparkling in a lover's eyes;

    Being vex'd, a sea nourish'd with lovers' tears:

    What is it else? a madness most discreet,

    A choking gall and a preserving sweet.

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    Hamlet

    Where love is great, the littlest doubts are fear;

    When little fears grow great, great love grows there.

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    Love’s Labour Lost

    A lover's eyes will gaze an eagle blind.

    A lover's ear will hear the lowest sound.

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    Troilus and Cressida

    They say all lovers swear more performance than they are able, and yet reserve an ability that they never perform.

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    Romeo and Juliet

    Therefore love moderately; long love doth so;

    Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.

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    The Merchant of Venice

    But love is blind, and lovers cannot see

    The pretty follies that themselves commit.

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    Venus and Adonis

    Love comforteth like sunshine after rain

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    Antony and Cleopatra

    There's beggary in the love that can be reckoned.

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    Romeo and Juliet

    If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark.

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    Sonnet CXVI

    Love is not love

    Which alters when it alteration find,

    Or bends with the remover to remove:

    O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,

    That looks on tempests and is never shaken.

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    Much Ado About Nothing

    Speak low if you speak love.

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    Hamlet

    Love is begun by time, And time qualifies the spark and fire of it.

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    Romeo and Juliet

    Love is a smoke and is made with the fume of sighs.