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English poet, dramatist and actor
(1671 - 1757)
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Go on, spare no invectives, but open the spout of your eloquence, and see with what a calm, connubial resignation I will both hear and bow to the chastisement.
      - [Eloquence]

Is death more cruel from a private dagger than in the field from murdering swords of thousands? Or does the number slain make slaughter glorious?
      - [Glory]

Is there a crime
  Beneath the roof of heaven, that stains the soul
    Of man, with more infernal hue, than damn'd
      - [Murder]

Oh! how many torments lie in the small circle of a wedding ring.
      - [Matrimony]

One had as good be out of the world, as out of the fashion.
      - [Fashion]

Possession is eleven points in the law.
      - [Law]

That same face of yours looks like the title-page to a whole volume of roguery.
      - [Face]

The wretch that fears to drown, will break through flames;
  Or, in his dread of flames, will plunge in waves.
    When eagles are in view, the screaming doves
      Will cower beneath the feet of man for safety.
      - [Fear]

When we are conscious of the least comparative merit in ourselves, we should take as much care to conceal the value we set upon it, as if it were a real defect; to be elated or vain upon it is showing your money before people in want.
      - [Vanity]

Who fears t' offend takes the first step to please.
      - [Offense]

Tea! thou soft, thou sober, sage, and venerable liquid, . . . thou female tongue-running, smile-smoothing, heart-opening, wind-tippling cordial, to whose glorious insipidity I owe the happiest moment of my life, let me fall prostrate.
      - Lady's Last Stake (act I, sc. 1) [Tea]

As good be out of the World as out of the Fashion.
      - Love's Last Shift (act II)
        [Fashion : Proverbial Phrases]

We shall find no fiend in hell can match the fury of a disappointed woman,--scorn'd! slighted! dismiss'd without a parting pang.
      - Love's Last Shift (act IV, sc. 1) [Women]

Persuasion tips his tongue whene'er he talks.
      - Parody of Pope's lines [Talk]

Old houses mended,
  Cost little less than new, before they're ended.
      - Prologue to the Double Gallant (l. 15)
        [Architecture : Building]

So mourn'd the dame of Ephesus her Love,
  And thus the Soldier arm'd with Resolution
    Told his soft Tale, and was a thriving Wooer.
      - Richard III (act II, sc. 1),
        (altered from Shakespeare) [Love : Wooing]

Now, by St. Paul, the work goes bravely on.
      - Richard III (act III, sc. 1) [Success]

The aspiring youth that fired the Ephesian dome
  Outlives, in fame, the pious fool that rais'd it.
      - Richard III (act III, sc. 1) [Fame]

What have I done? What horrid crime committed?
  To me the worst of crimes--outlived my liking.
      - Richard III (act III, sc. 2),
        altered from Shakespeare [Love]

I've lately had two spiders
  Crawling upon my startled hopes--
    Now though thy friendly hand has brushed 'em from me,
      Yet still they crawl offensive to mine eyes:
        I would have some kind friend to tread upon 'em.
      - Richard III (act IV, sc. 2), (altered)

A weak Invention of the Enemy.
      - Richard III (act V, sc. 3) [Enemies]

And the ripe harvest of the new-mown hay
  Gives it a sweet and wholesome odour.
      - Richard III (Altered.)
         (act V, sc. 3, l. 44) [Perfume]

Stolen sweets are best.
      - Rival Fools (act I) [Thieving]

This business will never hold water.
      - She Wou'd and She Wou'd Not (act IV)

Oh, say! what is that thing call'd light,
  Which I must ne'er enjoy?
    What are the blessings of the sight?
      Oh, tell your poor blind boy!
      - The Blind Boy [Blindness]

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