William Congreve Quotes

William Congreve

English dramatist (1670 - 1729)

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

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

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

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

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

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