Things base and vile, holding no quantity,Love A Midsummer Night's Dream

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.

Quote Analysis

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This quote is said by Helena - one of the characters of “A Midsummer Night’s dream” by William Shakespeare. In Act 1, Scene 1, Page 9 she complaints that Demetrius - her beloved who promised her to be with her forever, now falls in love with Hermia, who feels miserable about all the situation, because she also loves another man, not Demetrius. People think that Hermia and Helena are equal in their beauty, but, to Helena’s sorrow, Demetrius sees Hermia as perfect for he admires her so much. This quote concludes Helena’s argument with Hermia and expresses her despair about the whole that ridiculous and unfair situation.