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William Congreve

Wit must be foiled by wit: cut a diamond with a diamond.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Congreve

Every man plays the fool once in his live, but to marry is playing the fool all one's life long.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Congreve

Come, come, leave business to idlers, and wisdom to fools: they have need of 'em: wit be my faculty, and pleasure my occupation, and let father Time shake his glass.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Congreve

One minute gives invention to destroy; What to rebuild, will a whole age employ.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Congreve

He that first cries out stop thief, is often he that has stolen the treasure.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Congreve

Courtship is to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Congreve

A woman only obliges a man to secrecy, that she may have the pleasure of telling herself.

By Anonym 16 Sep

William Congreve

In hours of bliss we oft have met: They could not always last; And though the present I regret, I'm grateful for the past.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Congreve

I always take blushing either for a sign of guilt, or of ill breeding.

By Anonym 15 Sep

William Congreve

Women like flames have a destroying power; never to be quenched till they themselves devour.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Congreve

Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast...

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Congreve

But say what you will, 'tis better to be left than never to have been loved. To pass our youth in dull indifference, to refuse the sweets of life because they once must leave us, is as preposterous as to wish to have been born old, because we one day must be old.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Congreve

Marriage is honourable, as you say; and if so, wherefore should Cuckoldom be a Discredit, being deriv'd from so honourable a Root?

By Anonym 15 Sep

William Congreve

Thou art a retailer of phrases, and dost deal in remnants of remnants.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Congreve

I confess freely to you, I could never look long upon a monkey, without very mortifying reflections.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Congreve

If this be not love, it is madness, and then it is pardonable.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Congreve

O ay, letters - I had letters - I am persecuted with letters - I hate letters - nobody knows how to write letters; and yet one has 'em, one does not know why - they serve one to pin up one's hair.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Congreve

Delay not till tomorrow to be wise; tomorrow's sun to thee may neve rise.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Congreve

If happiness in self-content is placed, The wise are wretched, and fools only blessed.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Congreve

I find we are growing serious, and then we are in great danger of being dull.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Congreve

Music has charms to sooth a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.

By Anonym 15 Sep

William Congreve

There are come Critics so with Spleen diseased, They scarcely come inclining to be pleased: And sure he must have more than mortal Skill, Who please one against his Will.

By Anonym 15 Sep

William Congreve

There is nothing more unbecoming a man of quality than to laugh ... 'tis such a vulgar expression of the passion!

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Congreve

Mr Witwould: "Pray, madam, do you pin up your hair with all your letters? I find I must keep copies." Mrs Millamant: "Only with those in verse.... I never pin up my hair with prose.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Congreve

It is the business of a comic poet to paint the vices and follies of human kind.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Congreve

Defer not till to-morrow to be wise, To-morrow's Sun to thee may never rise; Or should to-morrow chance to cheer thy sight With her enlivening and unlook'd for light, How grateful will appear her dawning rays! As favours unexpected doubly please.

By Anonym 15 Sep

William Congreve

They are at the end of the gallery; retired to their tea and scandal, according to their ancient custom.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Congreve

I nauseate walking; 'tis a country diversion, I loathe the country.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Congreve

No, I'm no enemy to learning; it hurts not me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Congreve

In my conscience I believe the baggage loves me, for she never speaks well of me herself, nor suffers any body else to rail at me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Congreve

Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Congreve

A hungry wolf at all the herd will run, In hopes, through many, to make sure of one.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Congreve

She once used me with that insolence, that in revenge I took her to pieces; sifted her, and separated her failings; I studied 'em, and got 'em by rote. The catalogue was so large, that I was not without hopes, one day or other to hate her heartily.

By Anonym 15 Sep

William Congreve

Would any thing but a madman complain of uncertainty? Uncertainty and expectation are joys of life; security is an insipid thing; and the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the folly of the chase.

By Anonym 20 Sep

William Congreve

You'll grow devilish fat upon this paper-diet!

By Anonym 15 Sep

William Congreve

Turn pimp, flatterer, quack, lawyer, parson, be chaplain to an atheist, or stallion to an old woman, anything but a poet; for a poet is worse, more servile, timorous and fawning than any I have named.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Congreve

Marriage indeed may qualify the fury of his passion, but it very rarely mends a man's manners.

By Anonym 15 Sep

William Congreve

These articles subscribed, if I continue to endure you a little longer, I may by degrees dwindle into wife.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Congreve

Invention flags, his brain goes muddy, And black despair succeeds brown study.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Congreve

Love's but a frailty of the mind, When 'tis not with ambition joined.

By Anonym 15 Sep

William Congreve

They come together like the Coroner's Inquest, to sit upon the murdered reputations of the week.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Congreve

Love's but the frailty of the mind, When 'tis not with ambition joined; A sickly flame, which if not fed expires; And feeding, wastes in self-consuming fires.

By Anonym 15 Sep

William Congreve

Thus in this sad, but oh, too pleasing state! my soul can fix upon nothing but thee; thee it contemplates, admires, adores, nay depends on, trusts on you alone.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Congreve

Music alone with sudden charms can bind The wand'ring sense, and calm the troubled mind.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Congreve

A wit should no more be sincere, than a woman constant; one argues a decay of parts, as to other of beauty.

By Anonym 15 Sep

William Congreve

'Tis well enough for a servant to be bred at an University. But the education is a little too pedantic for a gentleman.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Congreve

Men are apt to offend ('tis true) where they find most goodness to forgive.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Congreve

Guilt is ever at a loss, and confusion waits upon it; when innocence and bold truth are always ready for expression.

By Anonym 15 Sep

William Congreve

Though marriage makes man and wife one flesh, it leaves 'em still two fools.

By Anonym 15 Sep

William Congreve

Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing.