A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

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What does "love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind" mean and could you give me examples of that quote in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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The context of this passage is Helena's recognition that love is irrational, including Demetrius's sudden rejection of her in favor of Hermia. Helena, who has determined she will try to regain Demetrius's heart, states:

Things base and vile, holding no quantity,
Love can transpose to form and dignity.
Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind.
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
Nor hath Love’s mind of any judgment taste—
Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste.
And therefore is Love said to be a child,
Because in choice he is so oft beguiled.
 
The idea that love is irrational--that it "looks not with the eyes but with the mind"--underscores the play's theme that to be in love is to be in a state similar to a dream, where normalcy is displaced by the fanciful and the bizarre, that love, in fact, may be a form of madness. When a love potion causes Titania, queen of the fairies, to fall in love with Bottom, a lower-class man who, under a spell, has...

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