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William Congreve Quotes

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

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

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

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

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Loves but a frailty of the mind, When 'tis not with ambition joined.

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They come together like the coroner's inquest, to sit upon the murdered reputations of the week.

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Where modesty's ill manners, 'tis but fitThat impudence and malice pass for wit.

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O fie, miss, you must not kiss and tell.

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

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Heav'n hath no rage like love to hatred turn'd, Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorn'd.

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I am always of the opinion with the learned, if they speak first.

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Retired to their tea and scandal, according to their ancient custom.

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Alack, he's gone the way of all flesh.

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

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

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

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

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