THE MOST EXTENSIVE
ON THE INTERNET
I'm called away by particular business. But I leave my character behind me.
- School for Scandal (act II, sc. 2)
Here's to the maiden of bashful fifteen;
Here's to the widow of fifty;
Here's to the flaunting, extravagant quean;
And here's to the housewife that's thrifty.
(Chorus:) Let the toast pass,--
Drink to the lass,
I'll warrant she'll prove an excuse for the glass.
- School for Scandal (act III, sc. 3, song)
An unforgiving eye, and a damned disinheriting countenance.
- School for Scandal (act IV, sc. 1) [Face]
I believe there is no sentiment he has such faith in as that charity begins at home"
And his, I presume., is of that domestic sort which never stirs abroad at all.
- School for Scandal (act V, sc. 1)
Steal!--to be sure they may; and egad, serve your best thoughts as gypsies do stolen children, disfigure them to make 'em pass for their own.
- The Critic (act I, sc. 1) [Plagiarism]
The newspapers! Sir, they are the most villanous--licentious--abominable--infernal--not that I ever read them--no--I make it a rule never to look into a newspaper.
- The Critic (act I, sc. 1) [Journalism]
Egad, I think the interpreter is the hardest to be understood of the two!
- The Critic (act I, sc. 2) [Linguists]
Sheer necessity--the proper parent of an art so nearly allied to invention.
- The Critic (act I, sc. 2) [Necessity]
Inconsolable to the minuet in Ariadne!
- The Critic (act II, sc, 2) [Dancing]
Certainly nothing is unnatural that is not physically impossible.
- The Critic (act II, sc. 1)
[Impossibility : Nature]
An oyster may be crossed in love! Who says
A whale's a bird?--Ha! did you call my love?--
He's here! He's there! he's everywhere!
An me! he's nowhere!
- The Critic--A Tragedy Rehearsed
(act III, sc. 1) [Oysters]
Had I a heart for falsehood framed.
I ne'er could injure you.
- The Duenna (act I, sc. 5) [Lying]
Soft pity never leaves the gentle breast
Where love has been received a welcome guest.
- The Duenna (act II) [Pity]
This bottle's the sun of our table,
His beams are rosy wine;
We planets that are not able
Without his held to shine.
- The Duenna (act III, sc. 5) [Drinking]
A circulating library in a town is as an evergreen tree of diabolical knowledge.
- The Rivals (act I, sc. 2) [Libraries]
I would by no means wish a daughter of mine to be a progeny of learning.
- The Rivals (act I, sc. 2) [Learning]
That's too civil by half.
- The Rivals (act III, sc. 4) [Courtesy]
Our ancestors are very good kind of folks; but they are the last people I should choose to have a visiting acquaintance with.
- The Rivals (act IV, sc. 1) [Ancestry]
You are not like Cerberus, three gentlemen at once, are you?
- The Rivals (act IV, sc. 2) [Gentlemen]
The quarrel is a very pretty quarrel as it stands; we should only spoil it by trying to explain it.
- The Rivals (act IV, sc. 3) [Quarreling]
I own the soft impeachment.
- The Rivals (act V, sc. 3) [Confession]
My valor is certainly going!--it is sneaking off!--I feel it oozing out, as it were, at the palms of my hands.
- The Rivals (act V, sc. 3) [Valor]
One moral's plain, . . . without more fuss;
Man's social happiness all rests on us:
Through all the drama--whether damn'd or not--
Love gilds the scene, and women guide the plot.
- The Rivals--Epilogue [Women]
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