Famous quotes

King Lear (2007) - Philip Winchester as Edmund. Photo by Manuel Harlan © RSC

Here we've listed a few of the well-known quotes in A Midsummer Night's Dream, in order of appearance in the play:

The course of true love never did run smooth.
Lysander, Act 1 Scene 1

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind.
Helena, Act 1 Scene 1

I must go seek some dewdrops here
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.
Fairy, Act 2 Scene 1

Ill met by moonlight, proud Titania.
Oberon, Act 2 Scene 1

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
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,
Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight
Oberon, Act 2 Scene 1

Bless thee, Bottom! bless thee! thou art translated.}
Bottom, Act 3 Scene 1

What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?
Titania, Act 3 Scene 1

...To say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.
Bottom, Act 3 Scene 1

O, when she's angry, she is keen and shrewd!
She was a vixen when she went to school;
And though she be but little, she is fierce.
Helena, Act 3 Scene 2

Cupid is a knavish lad, Thus to make poor females mad.
Puck, Act 3 Scene 2

Jack shall have Jill; Nought shall go ill;
The man shall have his mare again, and all shall be well.
Puck, Act 3 Scene 2

Methought I was enamoured of an ass.
Titania, Act 4 Scene 1

I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was:... 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

'...not a mouse
Shall disturb this hallowed house:
I am sent with broom before,
To sweep the dust behind the door.
Puck, Act 5 Scene 1

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumbered here
While these visions did appear.
Puck, Act 5 Scene 1

Compiled by Suzanne Worthington
Photo shows Sinead Keenan as Hermia and Trystan Gravelle as Lysander in the RSC's 2005 production © RSC

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