Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes; Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, a choking gall, and a preserving sweet.
Act II, Scene II - Power of Love
By love, that first did prompt me to inquire. He lent me counsel and I lent him eyes. I am no pilot. Yet, wert thou as far as that vast shore washed with the farthest sea, I would adventure for such merchandise.
By whose direction found’st thou out this place?
Act II, Scene - Power of Love
Then plainly know my heart’s dear love is set on the fair daughter of rich Capulet. As mine on hers, so hers is set on mine, and all combined, save what thou must combine by holy marriage. When and where and how we met, we wooed and made exchange of vow, I’ll tell thee as we pass, but this I pray: That thou consent to marry us today.
Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here! Is Rosaline, whom thou didst love so dear, so soon forsaken? Young men’s love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.
In this quote, Romeo is talking to Benvolio about Rosaline. He is describing the various feelings he has come across since being in love with her. Romeo is extremely depressed and feeling hopeless because he found out she doesn’t love him back, despite him being so in love with her. This shows the theme of the power of love because Romeo is expressing how it has affected him. He explains to Benvolio that love is both the greatest feeling but can just as easily be the worst feeling on earth. He mentions this in the phrase, “A choking gall,” meaning that love can cause you pain so strong you feel you’re going to die, but also can be, “a preserving sweet,” or provide you with everlasting utmost content.
In this quote, Juliet is on her balcony and is talking to Romeo. The scene takes place after the Capulet House costume party, where Romeo and Juliet met for the first time. Juliet had been talking alone by herself and Romeo had been listening, but by the time of the quote, Romeo had announced that he was in the yard with her. Juliet asks how Romeo was able to find out where the spot below her bedroom is. Romeo responds by saying that his love for Juliet led the way to him finding her. He says that he would travel any distance, no matter the difficulty of the journey if it meant that he would find her at the end. This shows the theme of the power of love because Romeo is expressing his devotion to Juliet. He first shows his love when he is able to find Juliet based on nothing but intuition, or as Romeo believes, the character of love itself. He responds to Juliet by announcing the power of his love for her is so strong that it can lead him to her. Furthermore, Romeo mentions that he loves Juliet so much that he will go anywhere she is, not matter if it’s difficult or has danger along the way.
In this quote, Romeo has come from his meeting with Juliet on her balcony. He goes to Friar Laurence’s cell to request that the man marry them as soon as possible, or rather that same day. The old Friar is in shock over Romeo’s quick transition from Rosaline to Juliet, and tries to put some sense into Romeo’s impulsive decisions. The Friar ultimately decides that the marriage between Romeo and Juliet will end the everlasting feud between the two teenagers’ families. This shows the power of love because Romeo is explaining to the Friar that he and Juliet have confessed their love to each other. He tells the man that they are fully devoted to each other in almost every way except that they need to be married to be completely connected in every aspect of life. The love between Romeo and Juliet seems to be very strong because Romeo wants to get married right away so that he and Juliet can hypothetically have a long life full of love and passion together.