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William Congreve

William Congreve in 1709 by Godfrey Kneller
Born (1670-01-24)24 January 1670
Bardsey, England
Died 19 January 1729(1729-01-19) (aged 58)
London, England
Occupation Playwright, poet
Nationality English
Period 1693–1700

Invention flags, his brain goes muddy, and black despair succeeds brown study.
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.
William Congreve
Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear.
William Congreve
She likes herself, yet others hates, For that which in herself she prizes; And while she laughs at them, forgets She is the thing that she despises.
William Congreve
He who closes his ears to the views of others shows little confidence in the integrity of his own views.
William Congreve
A hungry wolf at all the herd will run, In hopes, through many, to make sure of one.
William Congreve
Grief walks upon the heels of pleasure; married in haste, we repent at leisure.
William Congreve
I know that's a secret, for it's whispered everywhere.
Say what you will, 'tis better to be left than never to have been loved.
William Congreve
Wit must be foiled by wit: cut a diamond with a diamond.
Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
William Congreve
Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
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.
William Congreve
If there's delight in love, 'Tis when I see that heart, which others bleed for, bleed for me.
William Congreve
They come together like the Coroner's Inquest, to sit upon the murdered reputations of the week.
William Congreve
They are at the end of the gallery; retired to their tea and scandal, according to their ancient custom.
William Congreve
No, I'm no enemy to learning; it hurts not 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.
William Congreve
If this be not love, it is madness, and then it is pardonable.
Music has charms to sooth a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
William Congreve
I find we are growing serious, and then we are in great danger of being dull.
William Congreve
Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing.
William Congreve
Courtship is to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play.
I confess freely to you, I could never look long upon a monkey, without very mortifying reflections.
William Congreve
A little disdain is not amiss; a little scorn is alluring.
Never go to bed angry, stay up and fight.
A wit should be no more sincere than a woman constant.
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
There is in true beauty, as in courage, something which narrow souls cannot dare to admire.
William Congreve
Beauty is the lover's gift.
You are a woman: you must never speak what you think; your words must contradict your thoughts, but your actions may contradict your words.
William Congreve