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Shakespeare coined many popular phrases that are still commonly used today. Here are some examples of Shakespeare's most familiar quotes from A Midsummer Night's Dream. You just might be surprised to learn of all the everyday sayings that originally came from Shakespeare!

"The course of true love never did run smooth." (Act I, Scene I)

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind." (Act I, Scene I)

"O, hell! to choose love by another's eyes." (Act I, Scene I)

"I am slow of study." (Act I, Scene II)

"That would hang us, every mother's son." (Act I, Scene II)

"I'll put a girdle round about the earth In forty minutes." (Act II, Scene I) "My heart Is true as steel." (Act II, Scene I)

"I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine." (Act II, Scene I)

"A lion among ladies is a most dreadful thing." (Act III, Scene I)

"Lord, what fools these mortals be!" (Act III, Scene II)

"The true beginning of our end." (Act V, Scene I)

"For never anything can be amiss, When simpleness and duty tender it." (Act V, Scene I)