William Congreve Quotes

Top 78 wise famous quotes and sayings by William Congreve

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William Congreve quotes: I always take blushing either for a sign of guilt, or of ill breeding. I always take blushing either for a sign of guilt, or of ill breeding.
William Congreve quotes: I came up stairs into the world, for I was born in a cellar. I came up stairs into the world, for I was born in a cellar.
William Congreve quotes: It is the business of a comic poet to paint the vices and follies of human kind. It is the business of a comic poet to paint the vices and follies of human kind.
William Congreve quotes: I confess freely to you, I could never look long upon a monkey, without very mortifying reflections. I confess freely to you, I could never look long upon a monkey, without very mortifying reflections.
William Congreve quotes: There are times when sense may be unseasonable, as well as truth. There are times when sense may be unseasonable, as well as truth.
William Congreve quotes: He that first cries out stop thief, is often he that has stolen the treasure. He that first cries out stop thief, is often he that has stolen the treasure.
William Congreve quotes: If this be not love, it is madness, and then it is pardonable. If this be not love, it is madness, and then it is pardonable.
William Congreve quotes: You'll grow devilish fat upon this paper-diet! You'll grow devilish fat upon this paper-diet!
William Congreve quotes: Marriage indeed may qualify the fury of his passion, but it very rarely mends a man's manners. Marriage indeed may qualify the fury of his passion, but it very rarely mends a man's manners.
William Congreve quotes: Invention flags, his brain goes muddy, and black despair succeeds brown study. Invention flags, his brain goes muddy, and black despair succeeds brown study.
William Congreve quotes: 'Tis well enough for a servant to be bred at an University. But the education is a little too pedantic for a gentleman. 'Tis well enough for a servant to be bred at an University. But the education is a little too pedantic for a gentleman.
William Congreve quotes: Delay not till tomorrow to be wise; tomorrow's sun to thee may neve rise. Delay not till tomorrow to be wise; tomorrow's sun to thee may neve rise.
William Congreve quotes: I know that's a secret, for it's whispered everywhere. I know that's a secret, for it's whispered everywhere.
William Congreve quotes: Words are the weak support of cold indifference; love has no language to be heard. Words are the weak support of cold indifference; love has no language to be heard.
William Congreve quotes: To find a young fellow that is neither a wit in his own eye, nor a fool in the eye of the world, is a very hard task. To find a young fellow that is neither a wit in his own eye, nor a fool in the eye of the world, is a very hard task.
William Congreve quotes: Grief walks upon the heels of pleasure; married in haste, we repent at leisure. Grief walks upon the heels of pleasure; married in haste, we repent at leisure.
William Congreve quotes: I am a fool, I know it; and yet, Heaven help me, I'm poor enough to be a wit. I am a fool, I know it; and yet, Heaven help me, I'm poor enough to be a wit.
William Congreve quotes: They come together like the Coroner's Inquest, to sit upon the murdered reputations of the week. They come together like the Coroner's Inquest, to sit upon the murdered reputations of the week.
William Congreve quotes: Some by experience find those words mis-placed: At leisure married, they repent in haste. Some by experience find those words mis-placed: At leisure married, they repent in haste.
William Congreve quotes: To converse with Scandal is to play at Losing Loadum, you must lose a good name to him, before you can win it for yourself. To converse with Scandal is to play at Losing Loadum, you must lose a good name to him, before you can win it for yourself.
William Congreve quotes: Who pleases one against his will. Who pleases one against his will.
William Congreve quotes: Honor is a public enemy, and conscience a domestic, and he that would secure his pleasure, must pay a tribute to one and go halves with t'other. Honor is a public enemy, and conscience a domestic, and he that would secure his pleasure, must pay a tribute to one and go halves with t'other.
William Congreve quotes: I find we are growing serious, and then we are in great danger of being dull. I find we are growing serious, and then we are in great danger of being dull.
William Congreve quotes: Thou art a retailer of phrases, and dost deal in remnants of remnants. Thou art a retailer of phrases, and dost deal in remnants of remnants.
William Congreve quotes: Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear. Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear.
William Congreve quotes: Women like flames have a destroying power; never to be quenched till they themselves devour. Women like flames have a destroying power; never to be quenched till they themselves devour.
William Congreve quotes: Courtship is to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play. (quoted in Life After Life) Courtship is to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play.
(quoted in Life After Life)
William Congreve quotes: There is in true beauty, as in courage, something which narrow souls cannot dare to admire. There is in true beauty, as in courage, something which narrow souls cannot dare to admire.
William Congreve quotes: There is nothing more unbecoming a man of quality than to laugh ... 'tis such a vulgar expression of the passion! There is nothing more unbecoming a man of quality than to laugh ... 'tis such a vulgar expression of the passion!
William Congreve quotes: O, she is the antidote to desire. O, she is the antidote to desire.
William Congreve quotes: Heav'n hath no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn'd,Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn'd. Heav'n hath no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn'd,
Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn'd.
William Congreve quotes: If happiness in self-content is placed, The wise are wretched, and fools only blessed. If happiness in self-content is placed, The wise are wretched, and fools only blessed.
William Congreve quotes: A hungry wolf at all the herd will run, In hopes, through many, to make sure of one. A hungry wolf at all the herd will run, In hopes, through many, to make sure of one.
William Congreve quotes: A wit should no more be sincere, than a woman constant; one argues a decay of parts, as to other of beauty. A wit should no more be sincere, than a woman constant; one argues a decay of parts, as to other of beauty.
William Congreve quotes: Say what you will, 'tis better to be left than never to have been loved. Say what you will, 'tis better to be left than never to have been loved.
William Congreve quotes: Musick has charms to soothe a savage breast Musick has charms to soothe a savage breast
William Congreve quotes: O fie, miss, you must not kiss and tell. O fie, miss, you must not kiss and tell.
William Congreve quotes: One minute gives invention to destroy; What to rebuild, will a whole age employ. One minute gives invention to destroy; What to rebuild, will a whole age employ.
William Congreve quotes: Nothing but you can lay hold of my mind, and that can lay hold of nothing but you. Nothing but you can lay hold of my mind, and that can lay hold of nothing but you.
William Congreve quotes: They are at the end of the gallery; retired to their tea and scandal, according to their ancient custom. They are at the end of the gallery; retired to their tea and scandal, according to their ancient custom.
William Congreve quotes: Hannibal was a very pretty fellow in those days. Hannibal was a very pretty fellow in those days.
William Congreve quotes: 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. 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.
William Congreve quotes: Beauty is the lover's gift. Beauty is the lover's gift.
William Congreve quotes: He who closes his ears to the views of others shows little confidence in the integrity of his own views. He who closes his ears to the views of others shows little confidence in the integrity of his own views.
William Congreve quotes: Music alone with sudden charms can bind The wand'ring sense, and calm the troubled mind. Music alone with sudden charms can bind The wand'ring sense, and calm the troubled mind.
William Congreve quotes: No, I'm no enemy to learning; it hurts not me. No, I'm no enemy to learning; it hurts not me.