what's in a name? that which we call a rose / by any other name would smell as sweet

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What's in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet definition


Lines from the play Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare. Juliet, prevented from marrying Romeo by the feud between their families, complains that Romeo's name is all that keeps him from her. (CompareRomeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?”)

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