Love's Labour's Lost
Cunning and Cleverness Quotes
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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.
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.
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.