Shakespeare at 400: 'A Midsummer-Night's Dream'

Shakespeare at 400: 'A Midsummer-Night's Dream'

The perfect Shakespeare play for this week — which as I write has seen snow, rain and sleet as well as sun — seems to be “A Midsummer-Night’s Dream.” William Shakespeare (1564-1616) seems rarely to have written anything so romantic and fun. Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations has several quotations from the play, such as these:

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”

— Act I, Scene 1

(Never, even back then… oh well!)

 “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,

And therefore is wing’d Cupid painted blind.”

— Act I, Scene 1

“It is not night when I do see your face.”

— Act II, Scene 1

And, perhaps, the all-purpose modern quote:

“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

— Act III, Scene 2


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  • Knowing your love of hockey, I'm not surprised you end with a Puck.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Naturally! Thanks for noticing.

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