A Midsummer Night's Dream

Famous Lines

I would my father looked but with my eyes.

Hermia, Act 1, Scene 1 

The course of true love never did run smooth.

Lysander, Act 1, Scene 1   

So quick bright things come to confusion.

Lysander, Act 1, Scene 1

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, 
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.

Helena, Act 1, Scene 1 

Nay, faith, let not me play a woman; I have a beard coming.

Flute, Act 1, Scene 2 

Have you the lion’s part written? Pray you, if it be, give it me, for I am slow of study.

Snug, Act 1, Scene 2   

Ill met by moonlight, proud Titania.

Oberon, Act 2, Scene 1

I'll put a girdle round about the earth
In forty minutes.

Puck, Act 2, Scene 1  

I love thee not, therefore pursue me not.

Demetrius, Act 2, Scene 1   

I am your spaniel: And, Demetrius, 
The more you beat me, I will fawn on you.

Helena, Act 2, Scene 1 

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite overcanopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.

Oberon, Act 2, Scene 1

To say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.

Bottom, Act 3, Scene 1

Lord, what fools these mortals be!

Puck, Act 3, Scene 2

She was a vixen when she went to school: 
And though she be but little, she is fierce!

Helena, 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    

My Oberon! What visions have I seen! 
Methought I was enamour’d of an ass.

Titania, Act 4, Scene 1    

 Are you sure 
That we are awake? It seems to me 
That yet we sleep, we dream.

Demetrius, 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: 
man is but an ass if he go about to expound this dream.

Bottom, Act 4, Scene 1

And, most dear actors, eat no onions nor garlic, for we are to utter sweet breath.

Bottom, Act 4, Scene 2 

Thus die I, thus, thus, thus.
Now am I dead,
Now am I fled;
My soul is in the sky:
Tongue, lose thy light,
Moon take thy flight.
Now die, die, die, die, die.

Bottom (as Pyramus), Act 5, Scene 1

This is the silliest stuff that ever I heard.

Hippolyta, Act 5, Scene 1 

 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 slumber’d here, 
While these visions did appear.

Puck, Act 5, Scene 1

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