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William Congreve

William Congreve (1670-01-24 1729-01-19) was an English playwright and poet.
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Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear.

William Congreve

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.

William Congreve

He that first cries out stop thief, is often he that has stolen the treasure.

William Congreve

Music has charms to soothe the savage breast To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.

William Congreve

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

William Congreve

Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.

William Congreve

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

William Congreve

Do not keep the alabaster boxes of your love and tenderness sealed up until your friends are dead. Fill their lives with sweetness, speak cheering words while their ears can hear, and while their hearts can be thrilled and made happier by them.

William Congreve

Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing, through the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the folly of the chase.

William Congreve

I came upstairs into the world; for I was born in a cellar.

William Congreve

For blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds, And though a late, a sure reward succeeds.

William Congreve

All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.

William Congreve

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

William Congreve

Defer not till tomorrow to be wise, tomorrow's sun to thee may never rise.

William Congreve

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

William Congreve

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.

William Congreve

Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing, through the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers, the folly of the chase.

William Congreve

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

William Congreve

If this be not love, it is madness, and then it is pardonable.

William Congreve

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

William Congreve

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

William Congreve

Never go to bed angry, stay up and fight.

William Congreve

Come, come, leave business to idlers, and wisdom to fools: they have need of 'em: wit be my faculty, and pleasure my occupation, and let father Time shake his glass.

William Congreve

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

William Congreve

A wit should no more be sincere, than a woman constant; one argues a decay of parts, as t'other of beauty.

William Congreve
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