William Congreve

William Congreve

William Congreve (24 January 1670 – 19 January 1729) was an English playwright and poet. He is seen as the man who shaped the English comedy of manners through his use of satire and well-written dialogue. 

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Courtship is to marriage as a very witty prologue to a very dull play.

Say what you will 'tis better to be left than never to have been loved.

Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing.

There is in true beauty as in courage something which narrow souls cannot dare to admire.

In my conscience I believe the baggage loves me, for she never speaks well of me herself, nor suffers any body else to rail at me.

He who closes his ears to the views of others shows little confidence in the integrity of his own views.

Music has charms to sooth a savage breast to soften rocks or bend a knotted oak.

Grief walks upon the heels of pleasure, married in haste we repent at leisure.

A wit should be no more sincere than a woman constant.

I confess freely to you I could never look long upon a monkey without very mortifying reflections.

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