Composition and Literature: A Midsummer Night’s Dream ~ Quotations

Theseus “Never excuse, for when the players are all dead, there need none to be blamed.”
Bottom (As Pyramus) “O grimlooked night, O night with hue so black, / O night, which ever art when day is not.”
Philostrate “Which when I saw rehearsed, I must confess, made mine eyes water; but more ‘merry’ tears the passion of loud laughter never shed.”
Bottom “Will it please you to see the epilogue, or to hear a Bergomask dance between two of our company?”
Puck “Will it please you to see the epilogue, or to hear a Bergomask dance between two of our company?”
Theseus “Merry and tragical? Tedious and brief? / That is hot ice and wondrous strange snow!”
Oberon “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-“
Oberon “Her dotage now I do begin to pity.”
Demetrius “My love to Hermia / Melted as the snow”
Theseus “No doubt they rose up early to observe / The rite of May”
Bottom “I will get Peter Quince to write a ballad of this dream”
Lysander “Could not this make thee know / The hate I bare thee made me leave thee so?”
Titania “Out of this wood do not desire to go; / Thou shalt remain here, whether thou wilt or no.”
Flute(As Thisbe) “I’ll meet thee, Pyramus, at Ninny’s tomb -“
Demetrius “I had rather give his carcass to my hounds.”
Helena “My legs are longer, though, to run away.”
Oberon “This is thy negligence. Still thou mistak’st / Or else commit’st thy knaviers willfully.”
Titania “What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?”
Bottom “I see their knavery. This is to make an ass of me, to fright me, if they could.”
Hermia “O me, you juggler, you canker-blossom, / You thief of love! What, have you come by night / And stol’n my love’s heart from him?”
Bottom “No, make it two more: let it be written in eight and eight.”
Demetrius “O Helen, goddess, nymph, perfect, divine!”
Puck “Jack shall have Jill / Naught shall go ill: The man shall have his mare again, and all shall be well.”
Titania “Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful.”
Demetrius “Do I entice you? Do I speak you fair?”
Titania “But she, being mortal, of that boy did die / And for her sake do I rear up her boy.”
Puck “The King doth keep his revels here tonight. / Take heed the Queen come not within his sight.”
Titania “The spring, the summer, the childing autumn, angry winter change / Their wonted liveries…And this same progeny of evils comes / From our debate, from our dissension.”
Oberon “Yet marked I where the bolt of Cupid fell: / It fell upon a little western flower.”
Demetrius “I’ll run from thee and hide me in the brakes, / And leave thee to the mercy of the wild beasts.”
Helena “We cannot fight for love, as men may do;”
Puck “Weeds of Athens he doth wear: / This is he my master said.”
Helena “Wherefore was I to this keen mockery born? / Whe at your hands did I deserve this scorn?”
Fairies “Never harm / Nor spell nor charm / Come our lovely lady nigh. / Sp good night, with lullaby.”
Hermia “Methought a serpent ate my heart away.”
Lysander “Where is Demetrius? O, how fit a word / Is that vile name to perish on my sword!”
Lysander “No, I do repent / The tedious minutes I with her have spent.”
Helena “No, no, I am as ugly as a bear.”
Oberon “When thou wak’st, it is thy dear. / Wake when some vile thing is near!”
Puck “Through the forest have I gone, / But Athenian found I none.”
Helena “Sickness is catching. O, were favour so, / Yours would I catch.”
Lysander “The course of true love never did run smooth.”
Theseus “Rather your eyes must with his judgment look.”
Theseus “Whether, if you yield not to your father’s choice, / You can endure the livery of a nun.”
Helena “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, / And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
Hermia “Then let us teach our trial patience.”
Hippolyta “And then the moon, like to a silver bow / New bent in heaven, shall behold the night / Of our solemnities.”
Egeus “Full of vexation come I, with complaint / Against my child”
Hermia “I would my father looked but with my eyes.”
Lysander “And she, sweet lady, dotes, / Devoutly dotes, dotes in idolatry, / Upon this spotted and inconstant man.”
Puck “If we shadows have offended, / Think but this, and all is mended: / That you have but slumbered here / While these visions did appear”