Many well-known love quotes come from William Shakespeare, such as this quote from "A Midsummer Night's Dream": "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind." In this scene, Helena speaks these lines as she mourns the loss of Demetrius' love to Hermia and comments on the powerful nature of love that allows her to love an imperfect man such as Demetrius.
In Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," four lovers are caught in a magical farce when the fairies of the forest cast spells upon them that force them to fall in and out of love with each other. As the lovers' affections change, so does their ability to see the faults in their lovers. For example, Lysander initially loves Hermia and wishes to marry her. Yet when he fall under the spell of the fairies and in love with Helena, he comes to despise Hermia and sees all of the faults he was blind to before.
Blinded love is a common theme in many of Shakespeare's works. In Sonnet 116, Shakespeare writes on the steadfast nature of true love: "O no! [Love] is an ever-fixed mark / That looks on tempests and is never shaken." Shakespeare characterizes love as constant and strong, able to last through all trials and human foibles. Shakespeare's comedies further reflect this view of love as his protagonists are often forced to suffer for their love and remain true despite the difficulties love causes them.