These violent delights have violent endsAnd in their triumph die, like fire and powder,Which as they kiss consume. The sweetest honeyIs loathsome in his own deliciousnessAnd in the taste confounds the appetite.Therefore love moderately; long love doth so;Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.
This quote belongs to the priest, Friar Lawrence, from Act 2, Scene 6 of “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare. Romeo asks the priest to marry him and Juliet and passionately says that he doesn’t even care if they both die next moment - the only thing that matters is that they die together and he can call Juliet his wife. Lawrence tries to convince Romeo to have patience and this words are the start of his speech. The wise and compassionate priest explains the young man that both he and Juliet are blinded by their love, and, despite the overwhelming feelings they have, there is no need for anyone to die. Lawrence just starts to say that proceeding to marriage too fast may be as bad as not proceeding at all, but he is interrupted by Juliet who comes inside. Romeo doesn’t listen to the priest anymore, completely wrapped with his own love and feelings.