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William Congreve Quotes

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William Congreve
February 10, 1670 - January 19, 1729
Nationality: English
Category: Poet
Subcategory: English Poet

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


If there's delight in love, 'Tis when I see that heart, which others bleed for, bleed for me.


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


I know that's a secret, for it's whispered every where.


Invention flags, his brain goes muddy, and black despair succeeds brown study.


A hungry wolf at all the herd will run, In hopes, through many, to make sure of one.


To find a young fellow that is neither a wit in his own eye, nor a fool in the eye of the world, is a very hard task.


No, I'm no enemy to learning; it hurts not me.


Never go to bed angry, stay up and fight.


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


Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear.


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

    Topics: Courage

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.


Beauty is the lover's gift.


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


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


A little disdain is not amiss; a little scorn is alluring.


They are at the end of the gallery; retired to their tea and scandal, according to their ancient custom.


You are a woman: you must never speak what you think; your words must contradict your thoughts, but your actions may contradict your words.


'Tis well enough for a servant to be bred at an University. But the education is a little too pedantic for a gentleman.


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