what fools these mortals be!
Puck makes this declaration in his amazement
at the ludicrous behavior of the young Athenians (III.ii.115).
This line is one of the most famous in A Midsummer Night’s
Dream for its pithy humor, but it is also thematically
important: first, because it captures the exaggerated silliness
of the lovers’ behavior; second, because it marks the contrast between
the human lovers, completely absorbed in their emotions, and the
magical fairies, impish and never too serious.