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THOMAS OTWAY
English dramatist and poet
(1652 - 1685)
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Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.
      - [Ambition]

Avoid the politic, the factious fool,
  The busy, buzzing, talking harden'd knave;
    The quaint smooth rogue that sins against his reason,
      Calls saucy loud sedition public zeal,
        And mutiny the dictates of his spirit.
      - [Faction]

Base natures ever judge a thing above them, and hate a power they are too much obliged to.
      - [Obligation]

Children blessings seem, but torments are.
      - [Children]

Clocks will go as they are set; but man, irregular man, is never constant, never certain.
      - [Inconstancy]

Could my griefs speak, the tale would have no end.
      - [Sorrow]

Cowards are scared with threatenings; boys are whipped into confession; but a steady mind acts of itself, ne'er asks the body counsel.
      - [Firmness]

Dame Fortune, like most others of the female sex, is generally most indulgent to the nimble-mettled blockheads.
      - [Fortune]

False as the adulterate promises of favorites in power when poor men court them.
      - [Falsity]

Fine speeches are the instruments of fools or knaves, who use them when they want good sense; but honesty needs no disguise or ornament.
      - [Flattery]

Greatness, thou gaudy torment of out souls,
  The wise man's fetter, and the rage of fools.
      - [Greatness]

Honesty needs no disguise nor ornament; be plain.
      - [Honesty]

How many men
  Have spent their blood in their dear country's service,
    Yet now pine under want; while selfish slaves,
      That even would cut their throats whom now they fawn on,
        Like deadly locusts, eat the honey up,
          Which those industrious bees so hardly toil'd for.
      - [Court]

I know not how to tell thee! Shame rises in my face, and interrupts the story of my tongue!
      - [Shame]

Indeed, you thanked me; but a nobler gratitude rose in her soul, for from that hour she loved me.
      - [Gratitude]

Justice is lame as well as blind, amongst us.
      - [Justice]

Like conquering tyrants you our breasts invade,
  Where you are pleas'd to ravage for awhile;
    But soon you find new conquests out and leave
      The ravag'd province ruinate and bare.
      - [Courtship]

Love reigns a very tyrant in my heart.
      - [Tyrants]

My eyes won't lose the sight of thee,
  But languish after thine, and ache with gazing.
      - [Parting]

No flatt'ry, boy! an honest man can't live by't;
  It is a little sneaking art, which knaves
    Use to cajole and soften fools withal.
      If thou hast flatt'ry in thy nature, out with't;
        Or send it to a court, for there 'twill thrive.
      - [Flattery]

No flattery, boy! an honest man cannot live by it; it is a little, sneaking art, which knaves use to cajole and soften fools withal.
      - [Flattery]

Revenge, the attribute of gods! they stamped it with their great image on our natures.
      - [Revenge]

She who has beauty might ensnare a conqueror's soul, and make him leave his crown at random, to be scuffed for by slaves.
      - [Power]

The pain is in my head; 'tis is in my heart;
  'Tis everywhere; it rages like a madness,
    And I most wonder how my reason holds.
      - [Rage]

The queen of night shines fair with all her virgin stars about her.
      - [Moon]


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