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I would recommend that you gradually gather a list of quotations using a computer document you can add to when necessary.  It's important that you don't learn just the quotes in isolation: in your document, you should arrange quotes by theme, including for each quote a heading about the context, a note of the act, scene and line reference and some comments on how it links to the themes. For example, under the theme of 'Fate' you might put:

The theme of fate is important from the outset of the play - even in the prologue:

'A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life' (Prologue, line 6)

  • Because the lovers are 'star-crossed', it seems that fate or 'the stars' is against them from the beginning
  • This quote brings the theme of fate to the audience's attention before we even see the characters
  • This quote tells us what's going to happen next!  So throughout the play, we already know the 'fate' of Romeo and Juliet. It's as if it's pre-determined - there's nothing the characters can do to change it, because we already know they're going to die.

Do you need quotes regarding the specific themes presented in 'Romeo and Juliet'? 

You should focus on the themes you have covered in your lessons whether it is conflict, relationships, characterisation or love. Some quotes can be used to cover more than one theme but I will suggest you split the quotes under the various themes. If you are interested I can help 

I would use:

"Not I, believe me: you have dancing shoes 
With nimble soles: I have a soul of lead 
So stakes me to the ground I cannot move. " 

"My only love sprung from my only hate! 
Too early seen unknown, and known too late! 
Prodigious birth of love it is to me, 
That I must love a loathed enemy." 

"O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo? 
Deny thy father and refuse thy name; 
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, 
And I'll no longer be a Capulet." 

"Good night, Good night! parting is such sweet sorrow… 
that I shall say good night till it be morrow." 

You should split your Romeo and Juliet notes up into act summary, themes and characters so that given any question in the exam, you can easily tackle it. I have a bank of quotations that are useful for Romeo and Juliet if you are interested!

You need to see what themes you have been concentrating on in lesson, then you may be able to use the same few quotes for different themes, remember the main theme is love, and quotes can be taken from almost anywhere, "Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night" (Romeo, 1.5) 

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