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24 Famous Quotes by William Congreve
1/24/1670 - 1/19/1729
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Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing, through the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the folly of the chase.

Uncertainty Quotes, by William Congreve

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By magic numbers and persuasive sound.

Sound Quotes, by William Congreve , Source: Mourning Bride (act I, sc. 1)

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Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.

Hate Quotes, by William Congreve

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Courtship is to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play

Courtship Quotes, by William Congreve

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Sop to Cerebus. If I can find Cerebus a sop, I shall be at rest for one day.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Congreve , Source: Love for Love (act I, sc. 1)

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Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turn'd, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Congreve , Source: The Mourning Bride (act III, sc. 2)

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Thy wife is a constellation of virtues; she's the moon, and thou art the man in the moon.

Wives Quotes, by William Congreve , Source: Love for Love (act II, sc. 1)

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For blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds, And though a late, a sure reward succeeds.

Blessings Quotes, by William Congreve , Source: Mourning Bride (act V, sc. 3)

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Beauty is the lover's gift.

Beauty Quotes, by William Congreve , Source: The Way of the World (act II, sc. 2)

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Defer not till to-morrow to be wise, To-morrow's Sun to thee may never rise; Or should to-morrow chance to cheer thy sight With her enlivening and unlook'd for light, How grateful will appear her dawning rays! As favours unexpected doubly please.

Tomorrow Quotes, by William Congreve , Source: Letter to Cobham (l. 61)

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I came up-stairs into the world; for I was born in a cellar.

Ancestry Quotes, by William Congreve , Source: Love for Love (act II, sc. 1)

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There are come Critics so with Spleen diseased, They scarcely come inclining to be pleased: And sure he must have more than mortal Skill, Who please one against his Will.

Criticism Quotes, by William Congreve , Source: The Way of the World (epilogue)

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I find we are growing serious, and then we are in great danger of being dull.

Stupidity Quotes, by William Congreve , Source: Old Bachelor (act II, 2)

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Who pleases one against his will.

Pleasure Quotes, by William Congreve , Source: The Way of the World--Epilogue

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I am a fool, I know it; and yet, Heaven help me, I'm poor enough to be a wit.

Wit Quotes, by William Congreve , Source: Love for Love (act I, sc. 1)

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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.

Scandal Quotes, by William Congreve , Source: Love for Love (act I, sc. 2), "losing Loadum" is an old game which one plays to lose tricks

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What, wouldst thou have me turn pelican, and feed thee out of my own vitals?

Pelicans Quotes, by William Congreve , Source: Love for Love (act II, sc. 1)

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And the prettiest foot! Oh, if a man could but fasten his eyes to her feet, as they steal in and out, and play at bo-peep under her petticoats!

Feet Quotes, by William Congreve , Source: Love for Love (act I, sc. 1)

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Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing.

Security Quotes, by William Congreve

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Music hath charm to soothe a savage breast, To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.

Charm Quotes, by William Congreve

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Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing, through the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the folly of the chase.

Uncertainty Quotes, by William Congreve

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Men are apt to offend ('tis true) where they find most goodness to forgive.

Christianity Quotes, by William Congreve

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Blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds, and though a late, a sure reward succeeds.

Reward Quotes, by William Congreve

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Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing, though the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the folly of the chase.

Security Quotes, by William Congreve

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