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THOMAS OTWAY
English dramatist and poet
(1652 - 1685)
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The worst thing an old man can be is a lover.
      - [Love]

There is such sweet pain in parting that I could hang forever on thine arms, and look away my life into thine eyes.
      - [Parting]

Welcome as happy tidings after fears.
      - [Welcome]

Who's a prince or beggar in the grave?
      - [Graves]

You talk to me in parables.
  You may have known that I'm no wordy man,
    Fine speeches are the instruments of knaves
      Or fools that use them, when they want good sense;
        But honesty
          Needs no disguise nor ornament: be plain.
      - [Candor]

Who can describe
  Women's hypocrisies! their subtle wiles,
    Betraying smiles, feign'd tears, inconstancies!
      Their painted outsides, and corrupted minds,
        The sum of all their follies, and their falsehoods.
      - Orpheus [Women]

If we must part forever,
  Give me but one kind word to think upon,
    And please myself with, while my heart's breaking.
      - The Orphan (act III, sc. 1) [Parting]

What mighty ills have not been done by woman!
  Who was't betray'd the Capitol? A woman;
    Who lost Mark Antony the world? A woman;
      Who was the cause of a long ten years' war,
        And laid at last old Troy is ashes? Woman;
          Destructive, damnable, deceitful woman!
      - The Orphan (act III, sc. 1) [Women]

Let us embrace, and from this very moment
  Vow an eternal misery together.
      - The Orphan (act IV, sc. 1) [Vows]

O woman! lovely woman! Nature made thee
  To temper man: we had been brutes without you;
    Angels are painted fair, to look like you:
      There's in you all that we believe of Heaven,
        Amazing brightness, purity, and truth,
          Eternal joy, and everlasting love.
      - Venice Preserved (act I, sc. 1) [Women]

And die with decency.
      - Venice Preserved (act V, sc. 3) [Death]

Big with the fate of Rome.
      - Youth Preserved (act III, sc. 1) [Fate]


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