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8 of the Best Quotes from As You Like It

January 28, 2017 by Anne Berkowitz
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As You Like It is one of the most beloved romantic comedies in the Shakespearean cannon. To our great joy, this classic is once again gracing the stage at the Folger Theatre from now until March 5.

In honor its return, we have assembled some of our favorite lines from the witty and lovesick characters that inhabit this glorious play. Check them out below and see if your favorites made our list.

1. “All the world’s a stage…”

“…And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.”

Jaques, Act 2 Scene 7

2. “Do you not know I am a woman? When I think, I must speak.”


Rosalind, Act 3 Scene 2

3. “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”


Touchstone, Act 5 Scene 1

4. “I pray you, do not fall in love with me, for I am falser than vows made in wine.”


Rosalind, Act 3 Scene 5

5. “Love is merely a madness…”


“…and, I tell you, deserves as well a dark house and a whip as madmen do, and the reason why they are not so punish’d and cured is that the lunacy is so ordinary that the whippers are in love too.”

Rosalind, Act 3 Scene 2

6. “Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly.”


Amiens, Act 2 Scene 7

7. “Time travels in diverse paces with diverse persons…”


“…I’ll tell you who time ambles withal, who time trots withal, who time gallops withal, and who he stands still withal.”

Rosalind, Act 3 Scene 2

8. “Oh, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man’s eyes!”

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Orlando, Act 5 Scene 2

Only the Bard himself could come up with such witticisms. Put them into context at As You Like It at the Folger Theatre. Did we miss any of your favorite quotes? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.