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Love's Labour's Lost

Love's Labour's Lost

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Love's Labour's Lost Cunning and Cleverness Quotes

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Quote #1

ARMADO: Now, by the salt wave of the Mediterraneum, a sweet touch, a quick venue of wit- snip, snap, quick and home. It rejoiceth my intellect. True wit! (5.1.24)


Like the lords and ladies, Armado loves to watch a battle of wits. In this case, Moth has gotten the better of Holofernes.

Quote #2

BOYET: But to speak that in words which his eye hath disclos'd; I only have made a mouth of his eye, By adding a tongue which I know will not lie. (2.1.104)


Boyet is an expert in two things: love and eloquence. In articulating the King's love for the Princess, he puts them together.

Quote #3

NATHANIEL: Your reasons at dinner have been sharp and sententious; pleasant without scurrility, witty without affection, audacious without impudency, learned without opinion, and strange without heresy. (5.1.2)


In his exaggerated praise for Holofernes, Nathaniel is a parody of a student who blindly admires his teacher's book learning.

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