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Love's Labour's Lost

Love's Labour's Lost


by William Shakespeare

Love's Labour's Lost Time Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Scene.Line)

Quote #1

KING: When, spite of cormorant devouring Time,
Th' endeavour of this present breath may buy
That honour which shall bate his scythe's keen edge,
And make us heirs of all eternity. (1.1.1)

The King's main motivation for this three-year-fast-and-study plan seems to be immortal fame, not knowledge.

Quote #2

KING: The time When? About the sixth hour; when beasts most graze, birds best peck, and men sit down to that nourishment which is called supper. (1.1.70)

This part of Armado's letter underscores the play's motif that there are appropriate times for all actions.

Quote #3

ARMADO: Why tough signior? Why tough signior?
MOTH: Why tender juvenal? Why tender juvenal?
ARMADO: I spoke it, tender juvenal, as a congruent epitheton appertaining to thy young days, which we may nominate tender.
MOTH: And I, tough signior, as an appertinent title to your oldtime, which we may name tough. (1.2.7-10)

A reliable source of humor in the play is Moth's condescension to his master.

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