Quotes

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Quote: “The endeavor of this present breath may buy that honor which shall make us
heirs of all eternity.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 1,
Lines 5-7   Ferdinand to his three
lords.   Somehow, Ferdinand, the young King of Navarre, generally known in the play as Navarre, has convinced three friends to commit to join him for three years in a demanding regimen at his “little academe.” The three friends are Berowne, Longaville and Dumaine. Among other requirements, the young men have sworn “not to see a woman in that term.” Navarre’s objective is this quote: to buy them that honor which shall make them heirs of all eternity. It is quite the unrealistic challenge for a mischievous group of young men. The boys, really, often referred to as lords, quickly break their commitment. It is Shakespeare’s lightest and silliest play. It’s clever. The women win at every turn. But the young men are really good guys.

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Quote: “He weeds the corn, and still lets grow the weeding.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Line 98.
Longaville to Navarre.  Longaville is talking about Berowne, they being two of the students. Berowne talks the talk, but as is said, doesn’t walk the walk. Early in the play, Berowne males such comments as “Why, delights obtained through effort doth inherit pain, such as to painfully pore upon a book to seek the light of truth,” and “Those that give a name to every star have no more profit than those that walk and know not what they are.” Navarre says “How well he’s read to reason against reading.” Berowne’s comments are far beyond his interests.

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Quote: “Berowne is like an envious sneaping frost that bites the firstborn infants in
the spring.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 104-105.  Navarre to two lords.  Berowne is quick witted. And his quick wit often gets under the skin of Navarre. Navarre offers this quote to his other two lords. Berowne has chided Navarre, Navarre having chided him. Berowne has said “Why should proud summer boast before the birds have any cause to sing? At Christmas I no more desire a rose than wish a snow in May.” Berowne is skeptical of the king’s plan. But he signed on.

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Quote: “A child of our grandmother Eve, a female; or, for thy more sweet
understanding, a woman.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 264-266.  Armado (in a letter) to the King.  Armado is in love with Jaquenetta. In a moment of jealousy, he has written to Navarre, letting him know that he had seen Costard and Jaquenetta together in the park, offering Navarre this quote as a way of identifying her. He wants Costard arrested and brought to trial. Armado, Jaquenetta and Costard are really a side-show, representing a play within a play.

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Quote: “This is not so well as I looked for, but the best that ever I heard.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 1,
Lines 279-280.  Berowne to the King.  This is Berowne’s response to the king after hearing Navarre had read the letter Armado had sent to him.

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Quote: “I had rather pray a month with mutton and porridge.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 1, Lines
302-303.  Costard to Navarre.  Navarre has sentenced Costard to fast for a week with nothing more than bran and water; the sentence his punishment for Costard for being seen with Jaquenetta. This quote was Costard’s reply to the king. As he’s taken away he says “I suffer for the truth sir; for true it is I was taken with Jaquenetta, and Jaquenetta is a true girl.” Armando and Costard both love Jaquenetta.

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Quote:  “I do love the very ground where her shoe
guided by her foot doth tread.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 2, Lines
167-169.  Armado to himself.  Armado offers this quote, thinking of Jaquenetta. He says “Adieu, valor; rust drum; for your master is in love. Yea, he loveth.” All these guys love the women, but their romancing skills leave room for improvement.

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Quote: All pride is willing pride, and yours is
so.”

Answer:  Act 2, Scene 1, Line
36.  Princess to Boyet.  The Princess and Boyet have just given us the background we need to understand why she is there in Spain to see Navarre. She is the daughter of France’s king. She has instructed Boyet, her attending lord, to “with haste, signify our serious business craving with the king (Navarre), while we attend, like suitors, his high will.” Boyet responds to her request with “proud of employment, willingly I go.” She offers this quote. She’s all business, at this point.

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Quote:  “God bless my ladies, are they all in love?”

Answer:  Act 2, Scene 1, Line
78.  The Princess to her ladies.  Each of the Princess’ ladies quickly but cautiously has let the Princess know that they think the king’s “vow-fellows” are pretty appealing guys. She says “Every one of you hath garnished with such bedecking ornaments of praise.”

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Quote: “I only have made a mouth of his eye by adding a tongue I know will not
lie.”

Answer: Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 266-267.  Boyet to the Princess and her ladies.  Boyet smoothly shares his thoughts through a rambling and rhyming soliloquy, convinced as he is that Navarre has seriously fallen for the Princess. The Princess dismisses his thoughts as fantasy. A confident Boyet then offers the Princess this quote. He had told the Princess that Navarre’s “eyes were enchanted with gazes” and that his eyes had told her “I’ll give you Aquitaine, and all that is his if you will give him but one loving kiss.”