Quotes from Much Ado About Nothing
There are several noteworty quotes from this play. Because some of them need to be heard in context to be appreciated, I have included passages I especially liked.
BENEDICK…all women shall pardon me. Because I will not do them the wrong to mistrust any, I will do myself the right to trust none. And the fine is – for the which I may go the finer – I will live a bachelor.
BEATRICE: Not till God make men of some other mettle than earth. Would it not griee a woman to be overmastered with a piece of valiant dust? – to make an account of her life to a clod of wayward marl? No, uncle, I’ll none. Adam;s sons are my brethren, and truly I hold it a sin to match in my kindred.
Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more./ Men were deceivers ever./ One foot in sea, and one on shore,/ To one thing constant never./ Then sigh not so, but let them go,/ And be you lithe and bonny,/ Converting all your sounds of woe/ Into hey nonny, nonny.
Sing no more ditties, sing no more./ of dumps so dull and heavy./ The fraud of men was ever so/Since dummer first was leafy./ Then sigh not so, but let them go,/ And be you blithe and bonny,/Converting all your sounds of woe/ Into hey nonny, nonny.
BEATRICE: I love you with so much of my heart that non is left to protest.
LEONATO: No, no, ’tis all men’s office to speak patience/ To those that wring under the load of sorrow,/ But no man’s virtue nor sufficiency/To be so moral when he shall endure/ The like himself.
BENEDICK: And I pray thee now tell me, for which of my bad parts didst thou first fall in love with me?
BEATRICE: For them all rogether, which maintain so politic a state of evil that they will not admit any good part to intermingle with them. But for which of my good parts did you first suffer love for me?
BENEDICK: Thou and I are too wise to woo peacably.
BENEDICK: Here’s our own hands against our hearts. Come. I will have thee, but by this light, I take thee for pity.
BEATRICE: I would not deny you, but by this good day, I yield upon great persuasion, and partly to save your life, for I was told you were in a consupmtion.
BENEDICK: For man is a giddy thing, and this is my conclusion.