A rose by any other name would smell as sweet
"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" is a commonly quoted part of a dialogue in William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, in which Juliet argues that the names of things do not matter, only what things "are" (we would say today "how they behave").
In Act II, Scene II of the play, the line is said by Juliet in reference to Romeo's house, Montague which would imply that his name means nothing and they should be together.
O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I'll no longer be a Capulet.
[Aside] Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?
'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.
I take thee at thy word:
Call me but love, and I'll be new baptized;
Henceforth I never will be Romeo.
- Umberto Eco wrote an essay about translations in The Guardian in 1994 titled A Rose by Any Other Name. 
- In 1975 country artist Ronnie Milsap released the album A Rose By Any Other Name
- A track by Thomas Newman, written for the movie American Beauty is titled Any Other Name.
- Gertrude Stein's aphorism Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose has been contrasted with Shakespeare's.
- Captain James T. Kirk made reference to the quotation in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "By Any Other Name".
- Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson, played by Steve Buscemi, made a reference to the quotation in the first episode of "Boardwalk Empire".
- In the TV Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation season 10, episode 16, used vacuum-packed lingerie is sold under the brand "By Any Other Name".
- In the children's science show Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bill Nye quotes, "A kilogram by any other name would weigh as much."
- David Tennant used the saying at the end of one of the two Lauren Cooper's sketches during the 2007 edition of Comic Relief, when he turns Lauren into a 5" Rose Tyler action figure, using a sonic screwdriver after Lauren did her "I ain't bovvered" routine in Shakespearean style and recited Sonnet 130.
- In the 2010 film DIEner the lead character, an unknown serial killer used the Shakespeare quote in the first scene referring to a waitress name.
- In the Diamond and Pearl series of the Pokémon anime, Team Rocket's motto includes this line.
- One of the many available description tags for weapons in the game Borderlands 2 is "a Rose by any other name"
- 'Would a Roshanda by any other name smell as sweet?' is a chapter title in Freakonomics.
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