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William Congreve Quotes

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

A little disdain is not amiss; a little scorn is alluring.

A wit should be no more sincere than a woman constant.

Beauty is the lover's gift.

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.

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

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

Grief walks upon the heels of pleasure; married in haste, we repent at leisure.

He who closes his ears to the views of others shows little confidence in the integrity of his own views.

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.

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

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

I know that's a secret, for it's whispered every where.

If there's delight in love, 'Tis when I see that heart, which others bleed for, bleed for me.

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

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.

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

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

Never go to bed angry, stay up and fight.

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