William Shakespeare wrote 'Midsummer Night's Dream' in the year 1595 or 1596.
William Shakespeare has written near about 39 plays in the course of his lifetime among which 'Midsummer Night's Dream' is one of the most well-known comedies by him. It is a fantasy comedy by Shakespeare.
'Midsummer Night's Dream' is a play that has interconnected plots that deals with entangled love angles, the course of true love derailing under the trance of magic and spells, the marriage of the Athenian characters, and a band of novice actors practicing for their wedding performance, the mischiefs of Puck.
The moral of 'Midsummer Night's Dream' is that if you love someone, it should be because of their heart, not their appearance. One of the most important scenes happens to be Act 2, Scene 2, where the fairies are introduced and so, a magical interference and layer are set upon the play.
Important Quotes From 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
Here are some memorable lines from the play by William Shakespeare, the essence of which has only enhanced in the due course of time.
1. "Lord, what fools these mortals be."
-Puck, Act 3, Scene 2.
2. "Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth."
-Lysander, Act 1, Scene 1.
3. "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind."
-Helena, Act 1, Scene 1.
4. "She was a vixen when she went to school.
And though she be but little, she is fierce."
-Helena, Act 3, Scene 2.
5." Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,/Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,/ With sweet musk roses and with eglantine:/There sleeps Titania sometime of the night."
-Oberon, Act 2, Scene 1.
6. "Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason for that. And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together now-a-days."
-Bottom, Act 3, Scene 1.
7. "If we shadows have offended, /Think but this, and all is mended:/That you have slumb'red here/While these visions did appear."
-Puck, Act 5, Scene 1 (final monologue).
8. "The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man's hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report what my dream was."
-Bottom, Act 4, Scene 1.
9. "Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, /Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend /More than cool reason ever comprehends. /The lunatic, the lover, and the poet /Are of imagination all compact."
-Theseus, Act 5, Scene 1.
10. "Yet but three come one more. / Two of both kinds make up four. /Ere she comes curst and sad. /Cupid is a knavish lad. /Thus to make poor females mad."
-Puck, Act 3, Scene 2.
Shakespeare Love Quotes
All our favorite Puck quotes, Lysander quotes, Hermia quotes, Titania quotes, and Demetrius quotes are listed below.
11. "Through the forest have I gone. /But Athenian found I none, /On whose eyes I might approve /This flower's force in stirring love."
-Puck, Act 2, Scene 2.
12. "Mine ear is much enamour'd of thy note; /So is mine eye enthralled to thy shape; /And thy fair virtue's force perforce doth move me /On the first view to say, to swear, I love thee."
-Titania, Act 3, Scene 1.
13. "If e'er I loved her, all that love is gone. /My heart to her but as guest-wise sojourned, /And now to Helen is it home returned, /There to remain."
-Demetrius, Act 3, Scene 2.
14. "If then true lovers have been ever crossed, /It stands as an edict in destiny./ Then let us teach our trial patience, /Because it is a customary cross,/ As due to love as thoughts and dreams and sighs..."
-Hermia, Act 1, Scene 1.
15. "One turf shall serve as pillow for us both.
One heart, one bed, two bosoms, and one troth."
-Lysander, Act 2, Scene 2.
16. "Do I entice you? do I speak you fair? /Or, rather, do I not in plainest truth /Tell you, I do not, nor I cannot love you?"
-Demetrius, Act 2, Scene 1.
17. "What, can you do me greater harm than hate?
Hate me? Wherefore? O me! What news, my love?"
-Hermia, Act 3, Scene 2.
18. "Come, sit thee down upon this flowery bed, /While I thy amiable cheeks do coy, /And stick musk-roses in thy sleek smooth head, /And kiss thy fair large ears, my gentle joy."
-Titania, Act 4, Scene 1.
19." Two bosoms interchainèd with an oath—/So then two bosoms and a single troth. /Then by your side no bed room me deny. /For, lying so, Hermia, I do not lie."
-Lysander, Act2, Scene 2.
20. "Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful."
-Titania, Act 3, Scene 1.
Shakespeare Quotes From 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
Here are some hand-picked lines that will always be eternal in the course of English literature.
21. "Why, then may you leave a casement of the great /chamber window where we play open, and the moon /may shine in at the casement."
-Bottom, Act 3, Scene 1.
22. "I am aweary of this moon: would he would change!"
-Hippolyta, Act 5, Scene 1.
23. "But there is two hard things; that is to bring moonlight into a chamber; for you know, Pyramus and Thisby meet by moonlight."
-Quince, Act 3, Scene 1.
24. "This is thy negligence: still thou mistakest,
Or else committ'st thy knaveries wilfully.
-Oberon, Act 3, Scene 2.
25. "Then I must be thy lady: but I know /When thou hast stolen away from fairy land … /Your buskin'd mistress and your warrior love, /To Theseus must be wedded, and you come /To give their bed joy and prosperity."
-Titania, Act 2, Scene 1.
26. "I am your spaniel, and, Demetrius, /The more you beat me, I will fawn on you."
-Helena, Act 2, Scene 1.
27. "Sweet Moon, I thank thee for thy sunny beams; /I thank thee, Moon, for shining now so bright; /For, by thy gracious, golden, glittering gleams, /I trust to take of truest Thisby sight."
-Bottom, Act 5, Scene 1.
28. "That very time I saw (but thou couldst not) /Flying between the cold moon and the Earth, /Cupid all armed."
-Oberon. Act 2, Scene 1.
29. "Either to die the death or to abjure / Forever the society of men."
-Theseus, Act 1, Scene 1.
30. "Now, until the break of day, /Through this house each fairy stray. /To the best bride-bed will we, /Which by us shall blessed be; /And the issue there create /Ever shall be fortunate."
-Oberon, Act 5, Scene 1.
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