Famous quotes by Playwrights


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"The glorious uncertainty of the law was a thing well known and complained of, by all ignorant people, but all learned gentleman considered it as its greatest excellency"
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"I mean, the question actors most often get asked is how they can bear saying the same things over and over again, night after night, but God knows the answer to that is, don't we all anyway; might as well get paid for it"
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"To smile at the jest which plants a thorn in another's breast is to become a principal in the mischief"
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"There is not a passion so strongly rooted in the human heart as envy"
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"Remember that when you meet your antagonist, to do everything in a mild agreeable manner. Let your courage be keen, but, at the same time, as polished as your sword"
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"I open with a clock striking, to beget an awful attention in the audience - it also marks the time, which is four o clock in the morning, and saves a description of the rising sun, and a great deal about gilding the eastern hemisphere"
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"Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics"
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"Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked"
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"I'm called away by particular business - but I leave my character behind me"
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"You know it is not my interest to pay the principal, or my principal to pay the interest"
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"Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you"
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"There is nothing on earth so easy as to forget, if a person chooses to set about it. I'm sure I have as much forgot your poor, dear uncle, as if he had never existed; and I thought it my duty to do so"
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"Pity those who nature abuses; never those who abuse nature"
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"Do thou snatch treasures from my lips, and I'll take kingdoms back from thine"
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"Death's a debt; his mandamus binds all alike- no bail, no demurrer"
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"'Tis safest in matrimony to begin with a little aversion"
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"The surest way to fail is not to determine to succeed"
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"He is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts"
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"Ay, ay, the best terms will grow obsolete: damns have had their day"
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"That old man dies prematurely whose memory records no benefits conferred. They only have lived long who have lived virtuously"
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"For if there is anything to one's praise, it is foolish vanity to be gratified at it, and if it is abuse - why one is always sure to hear of it from one damned good-natured friend or another!"
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"A fluent tongue is the only thing a mother don't like her daughter to resemble her in"
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"A bumper of good liquor will end a contest quicker than justice, judge, or vicar"
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"Nothing is more wretched than the mind of a man conscious of guilt"
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"The poor man who enters into a partnership with one who is rich makes a risky venture"
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"No guest is so welcome in a friend's house that he will not become a nuisance after three days"
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"Your wealth is where your friends are"
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"You must spend money to make money"
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"Man is not man, but a wolf to those he does not know"
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