Do you find Shakespeare exciting, or do you think his plays are too old-fashioned?
Whether you love him or hate him, it is hard to dispute that he was one of the greatest writers of all time. He penned hundreds of plays, and these plays contained invaluable advice on love, dating and relationships.
Here are 10 quotes from Shakespeare on love and dating.
“Wise and slow. They stumble that run fast.” – Romeo and Juliet
If you are starting to fall for someone you have met, try to move slowly. It can be tempting to rush things along but it is more likely to damage the relationship than benefit it. Take your time and let the feelings grow slowly, and then you will know that your feelings (and the relationship) are genuine and real.
“Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.” The Merry Wives Of Windsor
When it comes to dating, being on time is very important! Arriving late can seem disrespectful, and it puts across the impression that you are not prioritizing the date. Always be early and your date will never worry about being stood up.
“If thou remember’st not the slightest folly that ever love did make thee run into, thou hast not loved.” – As You Like It
Love is not easy, and it often comes with hardships. This doesn’t mean love is bad, but it does mean you have to be willing to accept the bad with the good.
“The course of true love never did run smooth.” A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Even in the happiest of relationships there will be ups and downs.
“Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.” – Hamlet
Be wary of a date who often offers you gifts like flowers to make up for bad behaviour. If you have only just started dating, your date shouldn’t be regularly letting you down – and if they are now, you can assume it will probably get worse when you settle into a relationship!
“Love is blind, and lovers cannot see.” – The Merchant of Venice
Being in love can make you blind to the right decisions. Often people who are in love struggle to make the right choices, as their mind is clouded.
“Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.” – Twelfth Night
The best romances often sneak up on us and take us by surprise. Don’t worry about being single or needing to find a partner – when it happens, it happens and forcing it rarely helps.
“Love hath made thee a tame snake.” – As You Like It
Love has the power to make you less venomous and bitter; it can lift you up and make you a happier, less resentful person.
“Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds.” – Sonnet 116
People who are true lovers don’t try to change each other – they accept each other for who they are.
“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
When it comes to true love, personality is far more important than beauty.