Shakespeare’s Long Lost Sweet Anniversary Quotes

When you’re truly in love, every day feels like a celebration, especially when your love is requited and it blooms into a beautiful relationship. After that, there will inevitably come a wonderful time when you’ll want to celebrate a specific date or event from your time spent together. However, some don’t consider themselves very skilled in terms of putting pen to paper or expressing their feelings in words. In case you happen to fit into this category, don’t worry! After reading this list of carefully selected sweet anniversary quotes for your loved one, just pick one and you’re good to go.


Let the bard of Avon boost your love life

Among the various serious or funny happy anniversary quotes you can find online today, you have most likely forgotten about one of the greatest masters of poetic love words that ever walked the earth. That’s right, I’m talking Shakespeare. It’s no secret that this amazingly famous, timeless playwright has dazzled the world with his expertise of putting together just the right words to spell out human emotion resulted from any imaginable situation. From theater plays to sonnets, Shakespeare loved to paint a beautiful picture by using his favorite tools of the trade: his vocabulary.


That being said, wouldn’t it be nice to take your loved one on a trip to the 16th century by reciting some amazingly constructed words that reflect your deepest affections? Now you can. And, just in case you’re worried you won’t get all that poetic mumbo jumbo, I have comprised a list of the easiest, sweet-sounding, profound, yet easy to understand Shakespearean snippets ever to grace the ears of lovers across the globe.


These sweet anniversary quotes will surely melt any heart

Take your pick of these genius poetic love quotes and write them down, or recite them to your significant other on your special day! You will surely make an original impression, especially on your anniversary. Get ready to be swept off your feet! Here we go.


Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.” (Hamlet)


Love comforeth like sunshine after rain,
But Lust’s effect is tempest after sun.
Love’s gentle spring doth always fresh remain;
Lust’s winter comes ere summer half be done.
Love surfeits not, Lust like a glutton dies;
Love is all truth, Lust full of forged lies.” (Venus and Adonis)



Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)


Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And too often is his gold complexion dimm’d:
And every fair from fair sometimes declines,
By chance or natures changing course untrimm’d;
By thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.” (Sonnet)


Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no, it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.” (Sonnet)


I’ll follow thee and make a heaven of hell,
To die upon the hand I love so well.” (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)


I will live in thy heart, die in thy lap, and be buried in thy
eyes.” (Much Ado About Nothing)


Where love is great, the littlest doubts are fear; Where little fears grow great, great love grows there.” (Hamlet)


And when love speaks, the voice of all the gods makes Heaven drowsy with the harmony.” (Sonnet)


Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” (Sonnet)


Being your slave, what should I do but tend
Upon the hours and times of your desire?
I have no precious time at all to spend,
Nor services to do, till you require.” (Sonnet)


Oh, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear,
Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear.
So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows
As yonder lady o’er her fellows shows.
The measure done, I’ll watch her place of stand,
And, touching hers, make blessèd my rude hand.
Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!
For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” (Sonnet)


Sin from thy lips? O trespass sweetly urged!
Give me my sin again.” (Sonnet)


I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest.” (Much Ado About Nothing)


No sooner met but they looked; no sooner looked but they loved; no sooner loved but they sighed; no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason; no sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy; and in these degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage…” (As You Like It)


Romeo and Juliet-inspired love quotes for an unforgettable anniversary

If you’ve known a couple for a long time and have witnessed all the pivotal moments in their relationship, you might be invited to attend their anniversary, or other celebration to mark their long-lasting happiness. For these special occasions, the best happy anniversary quotes for friends could be inspired by the most famous work of fiction related to love in the world: Romeo and Juliet. Alternatively, you could use them for your own anniversary or, why not, on a day with no special meaning. Surprises can always be a fun way to spice things up in love.



When I saw you I fell in love and you smiled because you knew.


My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.


O serpent heart hid with a flowering face!
Did ever a dragon keep so fair a cave?
Beautiful tyrant, feind angelical, dove feather raven, wolvish-ravening lamb! Despised substance of devinest show, just opposite to what thou justly seemest – A dammed saint, an honourable villain!” William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.
Be not her maid, since she is envious;
Her vestal livery is but sick and green
And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.
It is my lady, O, it is my love!
Oh, that she knew she were!


Turn him into stars and form a constellation in his image. His face will make the heavens so beautiful that the world will fall in love with the night and forget about the garish sun.


Happy anniversary! Now, go get’em, tiger!

In today’s modern day and age, we almost forgot Shakespeare. I say almost because these sweet anniversary quotes are intended to remind you of the sweetness of the English language.


All in all, the world is full of cliché sweet anniversary quotes, but who better to say it like it is than the father of poetic romance himself? Shakespeare was just one of many poets who dared to use his words to define such an abstract concept as love. And for this reason, he should be celebrated at least as often as we celebrate romance. Get inspired by the bard and give your anniversary a beautiful, emotional feel.




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