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William Wycherley Quotes

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William Wycherley
1640 - January 1, 1716
Nationality: English
Category: Dramatist
Subcategory: English Dramatist

Come, for my part I will have only those glorious, manly pleasures of being very drunk, and very slovenly.


Poets, like whores, are only hated by each other.


Mistresses are like books; if you pore upon them too much, they doze you and make you unfit for company; but if used discreetly, you are the fitter for conversation by em.


Poets, like friends to whom you are in debt, you hate.


Women of quality are so civil, you can hardly distinguish love from good breeding.


A mistress should be like a little country retreat near the town, not to dwell in constantly, but only for a night and away.


Your women of honor, as you call em, are only chary of their reputations, not their persons; and 'Tis scandal that they would avoid, not men.


Hunger, revenge, to sleep are petty foes, But only death the jealous eyes can close.


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


Go to your business, pleasure, whilst I go to my pleasure, business.


I weigh the man, not his title; 'tis not the king's stamp can make the metal better.


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


He's a fool that marries, but he's a greater that does not marry a fool; what is wit in a wife good for, but to make a man a cuckold?


Women serve but to keep a man from better company.


Next to the pleasure of finding a new mistress is that of being rid of an old one.


Thy books should, like thy friends, not many be, yet such wherein men may thy judgment see.


I have heard people eat most heartily of another man's meat, that is, what they do not pay for.


Marrying to increase love is like gaming to become rich; alas, you only lose what little stock you had before.


Good fellowship and friendship are lasting, rational and manly pleasures.


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