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Quotes

Quote #1

KING: You three, Berowne, Dumain, and Longaville,
Have sworn for three years' term to live with me
My fellow-scholars…(1.1.1)

The first line of the play announces a boys' club soon to be invaded.

Quote #2

ARMADO: What great men have been in love?
MOTH: Hercules, master.
ARMADO: Most sweet Hercules! More authority, dear boy, name more; and, sweet my child, let them be men of good repute and carriage. (1.2.39-41)

Great men in history are an important motif in the play. Take a look at our "Shout Outs" section in order to get a better sense of how many references there are to famous men in Mythology and History.

Quote #3

ARMADO: Yet was Samson so tempted, and he had an excellent strength; yet was Solomon so seduced, and he had a very good wit. Cupid's butt-shaft is too hard for Hercules' club, and therefore too much odds for a Spaniard's rapier. (1.2.92)

Armado and the lords comfort themselves with reminders that even heroes can love.

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