William Shakespeare (c. 1564 [?] – 1616)
“Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
The lunatic, the lover and the poet
Are of imagination all compact.”
- From William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act V, scene 1, approximately between lines 1-10). The edition used here is the Wolfgang Clemen and Sylvan Barnet version (Signet Classic/New American Library, 1963, 1964).