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WILLIAM CONGREVE
English dramatic poet
(1670 - 1729)
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I am a fool, I know it; and yet, Heaven help me, I'm poor enough to be a wit.
      - Love for Love (act I, sc. 1) [Wit]

Sop to Cerebus.
  If I can find Cerebus a sop, I shall be at rest for one day.
      - Love for Love (act I, sc. 1) [Proverbs]

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.
      - Love for Love (act I, sc. 2),
        "Losing Loadum" is an old game which one plays to lose tricks
        [Scandal]

I came up-stairs into the world; for I was born in a cellar.
      - Love for Love (act II, sc. 1) [Ancestry]

Thy wife is a constellation of virtues; she's the moon, and thou art the man in the moon.
      - Love for Love (act II, sc. 1) [Wives]

What, wouldst thou have me turn pelican, and feed thee out of my own vitals?
      - Love for Love (act II, sc. 1) [Pelicans]

By magic numbers and persuasive sound.
      - Mourning Bride (act I, sc. 1) [Sound]

For blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds,
  And though a late, a sure reward succeeds.
      - Mourning Bride (act V, sc. 3) [Blessings]

I find we are growing serious, and then we are in great danger of being dull.
      - Old Bachelor (act II, 2) [Stupidity]

Music has charms to soothe a savage breast,
  To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
    I've read that things inanimate have moved,
      And, as with living souls, have been inform'd,
        By magic numbers and persuasive sound.
      - The Mourning Bride (act I, sc. 1) [Music]

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turn'd,
  Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
      - The Mourning Bride (act III, sc. 8)
        [Anger : Proverbs : Women]

Thus grief still treads upon the heels of pleasure,
  Marry'd in haste, we may repent at leisure.
      - The Old Bachelor (act V, sc. 1)
        [Matrimony]

Beauty is the lover's gift.
      - The Way of the World (act II, sc. 2)
        [Beauty]

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.
      - The Way of the World (epilogue)
        [Criticism]

Who pleases one against his will.
      - The Way of the World--Epilogue [Pleasure]

Say what you will, 'tis better to be left
  Than never to have loved.
      - Way of the World (act II, sc. 1) [Love]

If there's delight in love, 'tis when I see
  The heart, which others bleed for, bleed for me.
      - Way of the World (act III, sc. 3) [Love]


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