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William Congreve Quotes


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

Married in haste, we repent at leisure.
[Marriage]
 

Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
[Music]
 

Never go to bed angry, stay up and fight.
 

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

Poetry, the eldest sister of all arts, and parent of most.
[Poetry]
 

Read, read, search, and refine your appetite; learn to live upon instruction; feast your mind and mortify your flesh. - Read and take your nourishment in all your eyes; shut up your mouth, and chew the cud of understanding.
[Reading]
 

Say what you will, 'tis better to be left than never to have been loved.
[Love]
 

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.
 

Thus grief still treads upon the heels of pleasure, Marry'd in hast, we may repent at leisure.
[Marriage]
 

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, and the overtaking and possessing of a wish, discovers the folly of the chase.
[Expectation]
 

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.
 

You read of but one wise man, and all that he knew was - that he knew nothing.
[Wisdom]
 


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