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Irish poet, dramatist and novelist
(1728 - 1774)
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At this every lady drew up her mouth as if going to pronounce the letter P.
      - Letter to Robt. Bryanton [Words]

On the stage he was natural, simple, affecting
  'Twas only that when he was off, he was acting.
      - Retaliation (l. 101) [Acting]

He cast off his friends, as a huntsman his pack;
  For he knew, when he pleas'd, he could whistle them back.
      - Retaliation (l. 107) [Friends]

Of praise a mere glutton, he swallow'd what came,
  And the puff a dunce, he mistook it for fame;
    Till his relish grown callous, almost to displease,
      Who pepper'd the highest was surest to please.
      - Retaliation (l. 109) [Flattery]

Our Garrick;s a salad; for in him we see
  Oil, vinegar, sugar, and saltness agree.
      - Retaliation (l. 11) [Character]

His pencil was striking, resistless, and grand;
  His manners were gentle, complying, and bland;
    Still born to improve in every part,
      His pencil out faces, his manners are heart.
      - Retaliation (l. 139) [Art]

When they talk'd of their Raphaels, Correggios, and stuff,
  He shifted his trumpet, and only took snuff.
      - Retaliation (l. 145) [Contempt]

Who mix'd reason with pleasure, and wisdom with mirth;
  If he had any faults, he has left us in doubt.
      - Retaliation (l. 24) [Faults]

Here lies our good Edmund, whose genius was such
  We scarcely can praise it or blame it too much;
    Who, born for the universe, narrow'd his mind,
      And to party gave up what was meant for mankind.
      - Retaliation (l. 29) [Genius]

Who, born for the universe, narrow'd his mind,
  And to party gave up what was meant for mankind.
      - Retaliation (l. 31) [Politics]

Though equal to all things, for all things unfit;
  Too nice for a statesman, too proud for a wit.
      - Retaliation (l. 37) [Character]

His conduct still right with his argument wrong.
      - Retaliation (l. 46) [Argument]

A flattering painter, who made it his care
  To draw men as they ought to be, not as they are.
      - Retaliation (l. 63) [Painting]

As a wit, if not first, in the very first line.
      - Retaliation (l. 96) [Wit]

Thou best-humour'd man with the worst-humour'd muse.
      - Retaliation (postscript) [Poets]

I love everything that's old; old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.
      - She Stoops to Conquer (act I, sc. 1) [Age]

The very pink of perfection.
      - She Stoops to Conquer (act I, sc. 1)

Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain,
  With grammar, and nonsense, and learning;
    Good liquor, I stoutly maintain,
      Gives genius a better discerning.
      - She Stoops to Conquer (act I, sc. 1, song)

I'll be with you in the squeezing of a lemon.
      - She Stoops to Conquer (act I, sc. 2)

Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no fibs.
      - She Stoops to Conquer (act III)

They say women and music should never be dated.
      - She Stoops to Conquer (act III) [Age]

As for murmurs, mother, we grumble a little now and then, to be sure; but there's no love lost between us.
      - She Stoops to Conquer (act IV, l. 255)

One writer, for instance, excels at a plan, or a title-page, another works away the body of the book, and a third is a dab at an index.
      - The Bee (no. 1) [Authorship]

The true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them.
      - The Bee (no. 3) [Speech]

What cities, as great as this, have . . . promised themselves immortality! Posterity can hardly trace the situation of some. The sorrowful traveller wanders over the awful ruins of others others. . . . Here stood their citadel, but now grown over with weeds; there their senate-house, but now the haunt of every noxious reptile; temples and theatres stood here, now only an undistinguished heap of ruins.
      - The Bee (no. IV, A City Night-Piece)

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