As You Like It
As You Like It Art and Culture Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Act.Scene.Line). Line numbers correspond to The Norton Shakespeare, second edition, published in 2008.
No, faith, die by attorney. The poor world is almost six
thousand years old, and in all this time there was not any man
died in his own person, videlicet, in a love-cause. Troilus had
his brains dash'd out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he
could to die before, and he is one of the patterns of love.
Leander, he would have liv'd many a fair year, though Hero had
turn'd nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for,
good youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont,
and, being taken with the cramp, was drown'd; and the foolish
chroniclers of that age found it was--Hero of Sestos. But these
are all lies: men have died from time to time, and worms have
eaten them, but not for love. (4.1.18)
Rosalind uses great tales from Greek mythology (the stories of Troilus and Cressida and Hero and Leander) to tell the most unromantic story possible. While Rosalind jests at love here, the real meat of these stories is the tragedy of love within them.
Take thou no scorn to wear the horn;
It was a crest ere thou wast born:
Thy father's father wore it,
And thy father bore it:
The horn, the horn, the lusty horn
Is not a thing to laugh to scorn. (4.2.1)
When a Lord kills a deer in the forest, Jaques says "let's present [the Lord] to the Duke [...] And it would do well to set the deer's horns/ upon his head for a branch of victory" (4.2.2). Um, OK. Apparently, putting deer antlers on the Lord's head sounds like fun, which is why all his buddies belt out a rowdy song in agreement. Check out "Symbolism" if you want to know more about this.
Brain snack: As You Like It contains more songs than any other Shakespeare play.
Play, music! And you, brides and bridegrooms all,
With measure heap'd in joy, to the measures fall. (5.4.8)
When Duke Senior orders the wedding party to hit the dance floor, As You Like It begins to look like a modern day musical, don't you think?