Top 10 Most Romantic lines from Shakespeare?

By February 14, 2014Uncategorized
Jesse Griffiths as Valentine in 'Two Gents'

So it’s Valentine’s Day!  Like many of us here, you may be panicking because life got in the way and you didn’t get your loved one something special like flowers or chocolates or even a card. So we at Shakespeare in the Ruff decided to offer you a little help. Our resident lover, hopeless romantic (he was playing Valentine in the picture above after all) and might we add single, Jesse Griffiths, has compiled his Top Ten List of romantic lines from Shakespeare.  If you are in a pinch for an incredible romantic gesture, take a minute to memorize one of the lines below and wow your lover (or bestie), with your diction and line endings.

As an added bonus, if you can top Jesse’s selection with a love line of your own (does not have to be Shakespearean), Ruff will award you and a guest with VIP passes to our annual Ruffing It event coming up at the end of March. This will include free admission, reserved seats and a round of drinks on us! Post your love line in the comments section before the end of Valentine’s Day for your chance to win.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Shakespeare in the Ruff! 

1. Romeo and 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. The Tempest

Hear my soul speak:

The very instant that I saw you, did

My heart fly to your service.

3. As You Like It

If thou remember’st not the slightest folly

That ever love did make thee run into,

Thou hast not loved.

4. Sonnet 116

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.

5. Hamlet

Doubt thou the stars are fire;

Doubt that the sun doth move;

Doubt truth to be a liar;

But never doubt I love.

6. Love’s Labour’s Lost

When Love speaks, the voice of all the gods

Makes heaven drowsy with the harmony.

7. Venus and Adonis

Love is a spirit all compact of fire.

8. Romeo and Juliet (there had to be at least 2 from this play)

Love goes toward love as school-boys from their books,

But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.

9. Twelfth Night

If music be the food of love, play on;

Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,

The appetite may sicken, and so die.

10. Cymbeline 

I can express no kinder sign of love, than this kind kiss.


You got something better? We’d love to hear it.

Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • The Scottish Bard trounces the one from Stratford by 500 miles.

    Robert Burns, Scotland’s immortal bard, resented his wife, growing old and wrote about all the lasses he had and hadn’t.

    My grandparents were married in Scotland on February 25, 1914, 100 years ago this month! They came to Canada just before WWI started. The quotations are taken from my granny’s auld Burns poetry book.

    My favorite is the last verse of “My love is like a Red Red Rose”.

    If you still think Valentines’ is a good thing, read on…


    “Corn rigs, an’ barley rigs,
    An’ corn rigs are bonnie;
    I’ll ne’er forget that happy night,
    Amang the rigs wi’ Annie”

    “Altho’ my bed were in yon muir, Amang the heather in my plaidie,
    Yet happy, happy would I be,
    Had I my dear Mongomery’s Peggy.”


    “All you that are in love, and cannot it remove,
    I pity you the pains you endure;
    For experience makes me know that your hearts are full o’ woe,
    A woe that no mortal can cure.”

    “Oh why should fate sic pleasure have,
    Life’s dearest bans untwining;
    Or why sae sweet a flow as love
    Depend on fortune’s shining?”

    “Tho’ cruel fate should bid us part,
    Far as the pole and line,
    Her dear idea around my heart
    Should tenderly entwine”


    “O that I had ne’er been married;
    I wad never had nae care;
    Now, I’ve gotten wife and bairns,
    An’ they cry crowdie ever mair.”

    “Love, thou hast pleasures, and deep hae I lov’;
    Love, thou hast sorrows, and sair hae I pro’ve;
    But this bruised heart that now bleeds in my breast,
    I can feel by throbbings will soon be at rest.”

    “And I will luve ye still, my dear,
    While the sands o’life shall run.
    Till all the seas gang dry, my dear,
    And the rocks melt wi’ the sun.”

  • Ivan S says:

    “For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings,
    That then I scorn to change my state with kings”.

    – Sonnet 29

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