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Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

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Much Ado About Nothing Love Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Scene.Line). Line numbers correspond to the Riverside edition.

Quote #1

LEONATO
You will never run mad, niece.
BEATRICE
No, not till a hot January. (1.1.91-92)

"Run mad" here refers to catching what Beatrice calls "the Benedick" – essentially going crazy for love. For Beatrice to "catch the Benedick," she’d have to be in love, which she says is as likely as a hot January. That is, "when hell freezes over." (Still, she will catch "the Benedick" soon enough.)

Quote #2

BENEDICK
Then is courtesy a turncoat. But it is certain
I am loved of all ladies, only you excepted; and
I would I could find in my heart that I had not a
hard heart, for truly I love none.
BEATRICE
A dear happiness to women! They would
else have been troubled with a pernicious suitor. I
thank God and my cold blood, I am of your humor
for that. I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow
than a man swear he loves me. (1.1.122-130)

Note that both Beatrice and Benedick say they’ll never love anyone. This little spar is likely saying "of course we’ll never love each other." Invulnerability to falling in love is a point of pride for them both.

Quote #3

BENEDICK
That I neither feel how she should be loved
nor know how she should be worthy is the opinion
that fire cannot melt out of me. I will die in it at the
stake.
DON PEDRO
Thou wast ever an obstinate heretic in the
despite of beauty. (1.1.226-231)

Benedick hates love, and he’s known for hating beauty. Beauty can’t move him to love, but perhaps some more meaningful trait in a girl (like how witty she is, and if she’s named Beatrice) could move him.

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