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All Quotes by author - William Congreve
" 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. "
" Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned. "
" He who closes his ears to the views of others shows little confidence in the integrity of his own views. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I know that's a secret, for it's whispered everywhere. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" There is in true beauty, as in courage, something which narrow souls cannot dare to admire. "
" They are at the end of the gallery; retired to their tea and scandal, according to their ancient custom. "
" They come together like the Coroner's Inquest, to sit upon the murdered reputations of the week. "
" 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. "
" Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing. "
" Wit must be foiled by wit: cut a diamond with a diamond. "
" You are a woman: you must never speak what you think; your words must contradict your thoughts, but your actions may contradict your words. "
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