1670, Jan 241729, Jan 19
an English playwright and poet. William Congreve is seen as the man who shaped the English comedy of manners through his use of satire and well written dialog. Congreve achieved fame in 1693 when he wrote some of the most popular English plays of the Restoration period. This period in time was unique because female roles were beginning to be played predominately by women. This shift in allowing women to perform could be seen in the works of Congreve.
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04/30/1695-William Congreve's Love for Love premieres in London
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Thomas Doggett
...creating the part of Ben, specially written for him, in William Congreve's Love for Love, with which the theatre opened...
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'Tis well enough for a servant to be bred at an University. But the education is a little too pedantic for a gentleman.
A hungry wolf at all the herd will run, In hopes, through many, to make sure of one.
A little disdain is not amiss; a little scorn is alluring.
A wit should be no more sincere than a woman constant.
Beauty is the lover's gift.
Come, come, leave business to idlers, and wisdom to fools: they have need of 'em: wit be my faculty, and pleasure my occupation, and let father Time shake his glass.
Courtship is to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play.
Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear.
Grief walks upon the heels of pleasure; married in haste, we repent at leisure.
He who closes his ears to the views of others shows little confidence in the integrity of his own views.
Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
I confess freely to you, I could never look long upon a monkey, without very mortifying reflections.
I find we are growing serious, and then we are in great danger of being dull.
I know that's a secret, for it's whispered everywhere.
If there's delight in love, 'Tis when I see that heart, which others bleed for, bleed for me.
If this be not love, it is madness, and then it is pardonable.
In my conscience I believe the baggage loves me, for she never speaks well of me herself, nor suffers any body else to rail at me.
Invention flags, his brain goes muddy, and black despair succeeds brown study.
Music has charms to sooth a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
Never go to bed angry, stay up and fight.
No, I'm no enemy to learning; it hurts not me.
Say what you will, 'tis better to be left than never to have been loved.
She likes herself, yet others hates, For that which in herself she prizes; And while she laughs at them, forgets She is the thing that she despises.
There is in true beauty, as in courage, something which narrow souls cannot dare to admire.
They are at the end of the gallery; retired to their tea and scandal, according to their ancient custom.
They come together like the Coroner's Inquest, to sit upon the murdered reputations of the week.
To find a young fellow that is neither a wit in his own eye, nor a fool in the eye of the world, is a very hard task.
Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing.
Wit must be foiled by wit: cut a diamond with a diamond.
You are a woman: you must never speak what you think; your words must contradict your thoughts, but your actions may contradict your words.
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