No, faith; die by attorney. The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all this time there was not any man died in his own person, videlicet, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed out with a Grecian club, yet he did what he could to die before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he would have lived many a fair year though Hero had turned nun if it had not been for a hot midsummer night, for, good youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and, being taken with the cramp, was drowned; and the foolish chroniclers of that age found it was Hero of Sestos. But these are all lies. Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love.
(IV.i. 81– 92)
In Act IV, scene i, Rosalind rejects
Orlando’s claim that he would die if Rosalind should fail to return
his love. Rosalind’s insistence that “[m]en have died from time
to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love” is one of
the most recognizable lines from the play and perhaps the wisest