Turn pimp, flatterer, quack, lawyer, parson, be chaplain to an atheist, or stallion to an old woman, anything but a poet; for a poet is worse, more servile, timorous and fawning than any I have named.
William Congreve (1670 - 1729)
Contributed by: Zaady
Thou art a retailer of phrases, and dost deal in remnants of remnants.
Source: The Way of the World, 1700
I nauseate walking; 'tis a country diversion, I loathe the country.
O fie, miss, you must not kiss and tell.
Source: Love for Love, 1695
Thou liar of the first magnitude.
Love's but a frailty of the mind, When 'tis not with ambition joined.
Though marriage makes man and wife one flesh, it leaves 'em still two fools.
Source: The Double Dealer, 1694
Married in haste, we may repent at leisure.
Source: The Old Bachelor, act v. sc. 1.
Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak. By magic numbers and persuasive sound.
Source: The Mourning Bride. Act i. Sc. 1.
No mask like open truth to cover lies, As to go naked is the best disguise.
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