William Congreve

English playwright remembered for his comedies (1670-1729)

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A wit should no more be sincere, than a woman constant; one argues a decay of parts, as to other of beauty.
All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
Defer not till tomorrow to be wise, tomorrow's sun to thee may never rise.
Every man plays the fool once in his lif marry is playing the fool all one's life, but to marry is to playing the fool all one's life long.
He that first cries out stop thief, is often he that has stolen the treasure.
Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
I came upstairs into the world for I was born in a cellar.
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 everywhere.
If there's delight in love, 'Tis when I see that heart, which others bleed for, bleed for me.
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.
Men are apt to offend ('tis true) where they find most goodness to forgive.
Music has charms to soothe the savage breast To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.N.B. This quote is commonly misquoted as savage beast.
Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
They come together like the Coroner's Inquest, to sit upon the murdered reputations of the week.
Tis well enough for a servant to be bred at an University. But the education is a little too pedantic for a gentleman.
Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life.

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