“Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs;
Being urged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;
Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears. (Romeo and Juliet act 1, sc. 1)
Tips for use. If you concur, give your cold and somewhat pessimistic opinion on the subject during a topic discussion. Somewhat confirming Romeo’s opinion, Richard Burton in his “Anatomy of Melancholy” says, “What fires, forms, cares, jealousies, suspicions, fears, griefs, anxieties, accompany such as are in love, I have sufficiently said; the next question is, what will be the event of such miseries, what they foretell…Some are of opinion you that this love cannot be cured, Nullis amor est medicabilis herbis (Love can be cured by no herbs) it accompanies them to the last. Idem amor exitio est pecori pecorisque magistro (The same passion consumes both the sheep and the shepherd), and is so continuate that by no persuasion almost it may be relieved. “Bid me not love”, says Euryalus, “bid the mountains come down in to the plains, bid the rivers run back to their fountains; I can as soon leave to love, as the sun leave its course.” Or according to Virgil “He who loves is always dying but never dead” (Semper moritur, numquam mortuus est qui amat).
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In the play. Romeo’s skeptical comments on love. This happens before he meets Juliet whereupon his thoughts about the subject will change dramatically
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