Love's Labour's Lost
Cunning and Cleverness Quotes Page 1
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KING: A man in all the world's new fashion planted,
That hath a mint of phrases in his brain;
One who the music of his own vain tongue
Doth ravish like enchanting harmony…(1.1.39)
For the word-loving lords, Armado's talk will have to be enough entertainment for three years. The fact that Armado will be the sole source of entertainment clues us in (again) to the fact that study and scholarly pursuits will truly be the focus of the Academe.
ARMADO: Thou pretty, because little.
MOTH: Little pretty, because little. Wherefore apt?
ARMADO: And therefore apt, because quick.
MOTH: Speak you this in my praise, master?
ARMADO: In thy condign praise.
MOTH: I will praise an eel with the same praise. (1.2.13-18)
Armado attempts to complement Moth for his quick wit, but Moth, as usual, rejects his master's kind words.
ROSALINE: His eye begets occasion for his wit,
For every object that the one doth catch
The other turns to a mirth-moving jest…(2.1.13)
Rosaline is intrigued by Berowne's perpetual joking. He makes fun of everything he sees, and we get the sense that she finds this continually entertaining.