Midsummer quotes

  1. To you your father should
    be as a God

    One that composed your
    beauties, yea and one

    To whom you are but as a
    form in wax,

    By him imprinted, and
    within his power

    To leave the figure or
    disfigure it. (1.1.47-51)
  2. Either to die the death,
    or to abjure

    Forever the society of
    Thesus 1
  3. Therefore, fair Hermia,
    question your desires.
    Thesus 2
  4. Know of your youth,
    examine well your blood,

    Whether, if you yield not
    to your father’s choice,
    Thesus 3
  5. You can endure the livery
    of a nun,

    For aye to be in shady
    cloister mewed,
    Thesus 4
  6. To live a barren sister
    all your life,

    Chanting faint hymns to
    the cold fruitless moon.
    Thesus 5
  7. Thrice blessed they that
    master so their blood

    To undergo such maiden
    Thesus 6
  8. But earthlier happy is
    the rose distilled

    Than that which,
    withering on the virgin thorn,

    Grows, lives, and dies in
    single blessedness. (1.1.65-78)
    Thesus 7
  9. Hippolyta, I wooed thee
    with my sword

    And won thy love doing
    thee injuries;

    But I will wed thee in
    another key,

    With pomp, with triumph,
    and with reveling.
  10. I will go tell him of
    fair Hermia’s flight.

    Then to the wood will he tomorrow night

    Pursue her, and for this intelligence

    If I have thanks it is a dear expense.

    But herein mean I to enrich my pain,

    To have his sight hither and back again.
  11. And in the wood, where
    often you and I

    Upon faint primrose beds
    were wont to lie,

    Emptying our bosoms of
    their counsel sweet,

    There my Lysander and
    myself shall meet,

    And thence from Athens
    turn away our eyes
  12. To seek new friends and
    stranger companies.

    Farewell, sweet
    playfellow. Pray thou for us,

    And good luck grant thee
    thy Demetrius!
  13. “You do impeach your modesty too much, / To leave
    the city and commit yourself/Into the hands of one that loves you not;/ To
    trust the opportunity of night,/ And the ill counsel of a desert place,/With
    the rich worth of your virginity” (2.1.214-19)
  14. “I’ll follow thee, and make a heaven from hell,
    /To die upon the hand I love so well” (2.1.243-44)
  15. “I am your spaniel, and, Demetrius, /The more
    you beat me I will fawn on you./Use me but as your spaniel: spurn me, strike
    me, / Neglect me, lose me; only give me leave,/Unworthy as I am, to follow you/
    What worser place can I beg in your love--/And yet a place of high respect with
    me--/Than to be used as you use your dog?” (2.1.202-210)
  16. “I’ll run from thee, and hide me in the
    brakes,/And leave thee to the mercy of wild beasts” (2.1.227-28)
  17. “The wildest hath not such as heart as you.” (2.1.229)
  18. An you should do it too
    terribly you would fright the Duchess and the ladies that they would shriek,
    and that were enough to hang us all.
  19. I grant you friends, if
    you should fright the ladies out of their wits they would have no more
    discretion but to hang us. (1.2.61-68 my italics)
  20. half his face must be
    seen through the lion's neck; and he himself must speak through, saying thus,
    or to the same defect: "Ladies," or "Fair ladies, I would wish
    you," or "I would request you," or "I would entreat you,
    not to fear, not to tremble: my life for yours! If you think I come hither as a
    lion, it were pity of my life. No, I am
    no such thing; I am a man, as other men are": and there, indeed,
    let him name his name, and tell them plainly he is Snug the joiner. (3.1.35-44; my emphasis)
  21. Theseus
    wonders "if the lion be to speak
    • Demetrius's
    • responds,"No wonder, my lord; one lion may when many asses do"
    • (5.1.151-52).
  22. "If we imagine no
    worse of them than they of themselves, they may pass for excellent men"
  23. "Here come two noble
    beasts in, a man and a lion" (211-13)
  24. "A mote will turn the
    balance, which Pyramus, which Thisbe, is the better: he for a man, God warrant
    us; she for a woman, God bless us!" (306-08).
  25. No die, but an ace for
    him; for he is but one.
  26. Less than an ace, man;
    for he is dead, he is nothing.
  27. You can play no part but; for Pyramus is a
    sweet-faced man, a proper man as one shall see in a summer’s day; a most lovely
    gentleman-like man. Therefore you must needs play Pyramus. (1.2.77-80)
    Quince to Bottom:
  28. [H]e hath simply the best wit of any
    handicraft man in Athens.
  29. Yea, and the best person
    too, and he is a very paramour for a sweet voice.
  30. You must say “paragon.” A
    paramour is, God bless us, a thing of naught. (4.2.9-14)
  31. I would my father looked
    but with my eyes.
  32. Rather your eyes must
    with his judgement look.(1.1.56-57)
  33. The best in this kind are but shadows, and the
    worst are no worse if imagination amend them. (5.1.208-9).
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