In the history of English literature, especially in terms of drama Christopher Marlowe bears an enormous importance for navigating a complete structure of writing drama, relieving it from the tiresome experiences of the miracle play, mystery play and morality plays. More over it was also an indirect impact of Christopher Marlowe that another greatest dramatist William Shakespeare could evolve in later generation. Some famous texts by Christopher Marlowe are Hero and Leander, Dr. Faustus etc. Here we’ve shared Top 10 Best Christopher Marlowe Quotes.
- Come live with me and be my love, And we will all the pleasures prove, That valleys, groves, hills, and fields, Woods, or steepy mountain yields.
Christopher Marlowe lived in an era when the celebration of courtly love was felt at its highest degree. It was the period that experienced the path breaking success of the genre of sonnets composed in admiration and courtship for poets’ lady-loves. Quite certainly Marlowe himself was not an exception to this soft sentiment. And this quoted line resembles aptly the romantic facets present in Marlowe. He is, by extensive use of hyperbole, offering such a harmonious juncture in his love that would make all earthly elements submit and yield to their one life.
- I count religion but a childish toy, and hold there is no sin but ignorance.
Although the time when Christopher Marlowe lived did not see Charles Darwin and therefore the strong defiance against religion had not been initiated with the knowledge of science, yet the university scholars of Sixteenth Century England did have the enlightenment to raise their voice against religion as and when required. And the weapon was the rapid spreading impact of Renaissance spirit in entire Europe. Here Marlowe’s voice of reason and logic is prominent as he proclaims that the institution of religion is a mere play thing and its regulations to define sin could as well be questioned.
- Live and die in Aristotle’s works.
Though born of a cobbler father Christopher Marlowe was fortunate enough to have a formal education in the University of Cambridge. Therefore he had a fair idea about Renaissance humanism and about the essence of Greek classical literature. It was the impact of classical literature in him that made him go against the traditional cycle plays running in England by the Church. Hence his adherence to Aristotle and his philosophy is pretty obvious. In fact it is only the magnificence of Aristotle’s works that make him forget the rest of the world and make such a claim as is quoted here.