It’s only natural to feel tongue-tied and nervous around the one we desire. We come up with all these amazing things to say, and then when we stand in front of them, poof, they’re gone. Other times our own emotions get the hold of us, and we blurt out whatever appears in our minds, and we come off as weird or insane, probably both, and not in a good way.
When we think of William Shakespeare, we think of romance, sharp comebacks, and undressing our souls with language. If the Bard himself stepped into our present world, would he be disappointed? Or would he be crushing Tinder in iambic pentameter? What if you could ask him to be your wingman? Have him start the conversation with the object of your affection; then, have him signal you to walk in and take over. Well, we can’t bring the wordsmith back from the afterlife. Thankfully we still have his works.
You were born under a charitable star.
[Your] words all ears took captive.
Mine, and most of our fortunes tonight, shall be drunk to bed.
There’s beggary in the love that can be reckoned.
[You] wear the rose of youth upon [you].
[I know] you not very well, but let me be better acquainted with thee.
Are you a native of this place?
In simple and pure soul I come to you.
Adieu, adieu, adieu. Remember me.
They say many young gentlemen flock to [you] every day.
Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty.
Your bum is the greatest thing about you.
[You are] a shop of all the qualities that man loves woman for.
I believe you by the syllable.
What life is this, that your poor friends must woo your company.
Eat a crocodile? I’ll do it?
Talkest thou of nothing but ladies?
Honesty coupled to beauty is to have honey a sauce to sugar.
I dedicate myself to your sweet pleasure.
Walk with me: speak freely.
I am advised to give [you] music a mornings, they say it will penetrate.
[You are] the gift of the gods.
Is this not something more than fantasy?
The forehead of a married man is more honorable than the bare brow of a bachelor.
You kiss by th’book.
[You] have a pretty wit.
[You] sing as sweetly as a nightingale.
Madam, I swear I use no art at all.
'Tis now the very witching time of night.
Still your fingers on your lips.
You have me, have you not?
A woman is a dish for the gods if the devil dress her not.
I will follow thee to the last gasp with truth and loyalty.
Let me see your eyes.
You are a thousand times a properer a man than she a woman.
[Your] kissing is as full of sanctity as the touch of holy bread.
And by the way, you shall tell me where in the forest you live.
Did I not dance with you in Brabant once?
From henceforth I will… devise sports. Let me see, what think you of falling in love?
What, are you married?
I have provided for you; stay a while.
I am come to know your pleasure.
You shall see how I’ll handle [you].
[I have fallen] by prompture of the blood.
I do betray myself with blushing.
Dainty duck! O dear!
Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful.
I long to hear the story of your life, which must take the ear strangely.
Three words… and good night indeed.
You sing like one immortal, and you dance as goddess-like.
Are you a comedian?
In delay we waste our lights in vain.
What sneaking fellow comes yonder?
The air breathes upon us here most sweetly.
For which of my bad parts didst though first fall in love for me?
Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably.
But it is certain that I am loved of all ladies, only you excepted.
I must show out a flag and sign of love.
So sweet was ne’er so fatal.
What is your pleasure?
I [am] nothing but to please [your] fantasy.
[My sins] are loves I bear to you.
I am beholding to you for your sweet music this last night.
[You are] the dearest morsel of earth.
You have dancing shoes with nimble soles.
Woo [me] gentle… get [my] heart.
Speak again bright angel.
[I am] bewitched by the charm of looks.
Men are April when they woo, December when they wed.
[You] had eyes and chose me.
I read that I profess, The Art to Love.
A thousand times good night.
[I] toil in your delight.
Is it possible that love should of a sudden take such a hold?
I love [you] ten times more than e’er I did. O, how I long to have some chat with [you].
Imagine me [your] love, [your] mistress; and every day woo me.
An unauthorized kiss!
I see how thine eye would emulate the diamond.
Trust me, sweet.
Thou shalt be as free as mountain winds.
Look how well my garments sit upon me.
Here comes the trout that must be caught with tickling.
If music is the food of love, play on, give me excess of it, that surfeiting, the appetite may sicken, and so die.
Wilt thou set thy foot o’ my neck?
[You have] a sweet mouth.
Mine honest friend, will you take eggs for money?
When she has obtain’d your eye, will have your tongue too.
[You're] apparent to my heart.
Thou wouldst make an absolute courtier.
[I] speak but for [my] friend.
[You are] a region in Guiana, all gold and bounty.
One thing Shakespeare knew was that, when in doubt, humor is always a great way to break the ice. His characters would find themselves falling in love or lust with each other, based on quick-witted intelligent dialogue. Meanwhile, we as readers or spectators wish we could’ve thought about it first. Each of these phrases can be used for a different purpose or moment, but be sure to always insert a part of yourself to make your seduction technique complete.