"But earthlier happy is the rose distill'd,
Than that which withering on the virgin thorn
Grows, lives, and
dies, in single blessedness."
speaking to Hermia, trying to persuade her to choose marriage rather
than a convent.
ct 1 Scene 1 lines 76-78
"O hell! to choose love with another's eye."
speaking to Lysander, complaining about being expected to marry
1 Scene 1 line 140
"The course of true love never did run smooth."
speaking to Hermia.
1 Scene 1 line 134
"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind."
soliloquizing about love.
1 Scene 1 lines 234-35
"Since once I sat upon a promontory,
And heard a mermaid on a dolphin's back
dulcet and harmonious breath,
That the rude sea grew civil at her song,
And certain stars shot madly from their spheres,
To hear the sea-maid's music."
speaking to Puck.
2 Scene 1 lines 149-54
"I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows
over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
musk-roses, and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania some time of the night,
Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight;
And there the snake throws her enamell'd skin,
Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in."
speaking to Puck
2 Scene 1 lines 249-56
"Lord, what fools these mortals be!"
observing the foolishness of the lovers.
3 Scene 2 line 115
"Bless thee Bottom, bless thee! Thou art translated."
Quince speaking to Bottom when he sees him with the ass's head.
3 Scene 1 line 114.
"I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of
man to say what dream it was."
trying to understand his strange encounter with Titania.
4, Scene 1 lines 203-05
"Not a mouse
Shall disturb this hallow'd house:
I am sent with broom before,
To sweep the dust behind the door."
as he enters Theseus's palace at night.
5 scene 1 lines 373-76