Quotes from the book that demonstrate how love makes people act foolishly?Name as many quotes as possible from the book that demonstrate how love causes people to act foolishly. Include Act, Scene...

Quotes from the book that demonstrate how love makes people act foolishly?

Name as many quotes as possible from the book that demonstrate how love causes people to act foolishly. Include Act, Scene and Line.

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Ay me! for aught that I could ever read,
Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth.

  • Lysander, act one scene i

O, hell! to choose love by another’s eye.

  • Hermia, act one scene i

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

  • Helena, act one scene i

And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.

  • Bottom, act three scene i

Lord, what fools these mortals be!

  • Puck, act three scene ii

Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet,
Are of imagination all compact:
One sees more devils than vast hell can hold —
That is the madman;
The lover, all as frantic,
Sees Helen’s beauty in a brow of Egypt.
The poet’s eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And, as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
Such tricks hath strong imagination,
That, if it would but apprehend some joy,
It comprehends some bringer of that joy;
Or, in the night, imagining some fear,
How easy is a bush suppos'd a bear.

  • Theseus, Act five scene i
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