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WILLIAM WYCHERLEY
English dramatist
(1640? - 1716)

As wit is too hard for power in council, so power is too hard for wit in action.
      - [Wit]

Bluster, sputter, question, cavil; but be sure your argument be intricate enough to confound the court.
      - [Argument]

Ceremony and great professing renders friendships as much suspected as it does religion.
      - [Friendship]

Charity and good-nature give a sanction to the most common actions; and pride and ill-nature make our best virtues despicable.
      - [Virtue]

Conversation augments pleasure and diminishes pain by our having shares in either; for silent woes are greatest, as silent satisfaction leas; since sometimes our pleasure would be none but for telling of it, and our grief insupportable but for participation.
      - [Sympathy]

Grief is so far from retrieving a loss that it makes it greater; but the way to lessen it is by a comparison with others' losses.
      - [Grief]

Money makes up in a measure all other wants in men.
      - [Money]

Necessity, mother of invention.
      - [Invention]

Poets, like whores, are only hated by each other.
      - [Poets]

Temperance is the nurse of chastity.
      - [Temperance]

Wit has as few true judges as painting.
      - [Wit]

Wit is more necessary than beauty; and I think no young woman ugly that has it, and no handsome woman agreeable without it.
      - [Wit]

You are of the society of the wits and railleurs . . . the surest sign is, since you are an enemy to marriage,--for that, I hear, you hate as much as business or bad wine.
      - Country Wife [Matrimony]

'Tis my maxim, he's a fool that marries; but he's a greater that does not marry a fool.
      - Country Wife (act I, sc. 1, l. 502)
        [Matrimony]

Necessity, the mother of invention.
      - Love in a Wood (act III, sc. 3)
        [Necessity]

I weigh the man, not his title: 'tis not the king's inscription can make the metal better or heavier.
      - Plain Dealer (act I, sc. 1) [Man]

With faint praises one another damn.
      - Plain dealer--Prologue [Praise]

Poets, like friends to whom you are in debt, you hate.
      - The Plain Dealer (prologue) [Friends]


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