Are you looking for love and finding yourself tongue-tied? Are your tried-and-true pick-up lines missing the mark? For inspiration, you need search no further than the plays and poetry of the immortal Bard, William Shakespeare. That man loved his innuendos, and he was pretty darn good at them, too. This list features direct quotes and pun-filled wordplay, the latter of which I think Shakespeare himself would have approved. Without further ado, we present the following collection of Shakespearean pick-up lines, romantic and cringe-worthy alike, to unleash on people who have caught your eye. We can only hope they’ll be impressed.
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15 Theatrical Shakespearean Pick-Up Lines
1. “Trip no further, pretty sweeting. Journeys end in lovers’ meeting.”
If someone tries this line on you at an airport or train station, you can give them props for knowing this song that Feste the fool sings in Twelfth Night. Fittingly, they’ll most likely end up looking the fool in this situation.
2. “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”
It turns out Romeo’s love for Rosaline was fierce but fleeting as soon as Juliet turned up on the scene. This could be a good line to use if you’re trying to put an unrequited love behind you.
3. “Doubt thou the stars are fire. Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar. But never doubt I love.”
Hamlet wrote these steamy words of love to Ophelia, only to have them later read aloud by Polonius to the prince’s mom and uncle. Awkward. Don’t let your love notes fall into the wrong hands, and don’t stab your girlfriend’s dad. Words of wisdom we should all live by.
4. “When I exit, I hope I’ll be pursued by you.”
Best case, this person is putting the ball in your court and letting you hold all the cards. Worst case, they’re calling you a bear, like the kind that probably ate Antigonus of A Winter’s Tale. It could go either way.
5. “I do love nothing in the world so well as you.”
This line might be a little more intense than required for a meet-cute, but when the previously facetious Benedick says this to Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, she can’t help but reciprocate in her own obfuscating manner.
6. “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”
There are several possible responses to this query. One is “Oh! Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18! How lovely!” Another is “No, you shall not.”
7. “Come gentle night, come, loving, black-browed night, give me my Romeo!”
Scream this into the night outside your local bar, and see who comes a-calling. (Is it no one? It might be no one.)
8. “Are you A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Because I couldn’t help but notice your Bottom.”
The person who says this might be a “rude mechanical,” but you could give them an A for effort—or a B for Bottom?
9. “Are you the Bard? Because you can shake my spear anytime.”
Okay, everyone let out a collective groan in three, two, one…
10. “I’m looking for the beast with two backs. Care to help me find it?”
Othello may have ended in tragedy, but that doesn’t mean your romance has to. Just watch out for any envious friends looking to ruin your relationship.
11. “Are you Cleopatra? Because age cannot wither you, nor custom stale your infinite variety.”
Those named Mark Antony will probably have better success with this line.
12. “Am I something wicked? Because when I saw you, I had to this way come.”
If someone says this to you, look around for three witches, a cauldron, and one usurping Scotsman, just in case.
13. “Are you a Capulet? Because for you, I’d kill your cousin and poison myself.”
Maybe this isn’t very romantic to some, but we won’t judge the Romeos out there.
14. “If you were a line of verse, I’d call you iambic pentameter—because in terms of syllables, you’re a solid ten.”
Okay, so this one’s a bit of a stretch, but the poetry nerds should appreciate it.
15. “Et tu, Booty?”
Beware the Ides of March… and people who use this line on you.
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