Famous quotes by Playwrights


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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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"My valor is certainly going, it is sneaking off! I feel it oozing out as it were, at the palms of my hands!"
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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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"Of my friends I am the only one left"
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"I am human and let nothing human be alien to me"
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"So many men, so many opinions"
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"Where there's life, there's hope"
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"The anger of lovers renews their love"
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"I take it to be a principle rule of life, not to be too much addicted to any one thing"
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"Perhaps believing in good design is like believing in God, it makes you an optimist"
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"Nothing is said that has not been said before"
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"In fact nothing is said that has not been said before"
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"How unfair the fate which ordains that those who have the least should be always adding to the treasury of the wealthy"
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