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William Congreve

Datum narození: 24. leden 1670
Datum úmrtí: 19. leden 1729

William Congreve byl anglický dramatik a básník.

Citáty William Congreve

„Say what you will, 'tis better to be left than never to have been loved.“

—  William Congreve, The Way of the World
The Way of the World (1700), Act II, scene i. Precedent for Alfred Tennyson's more famous: "'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all"

„Married in haste, we may repent at leisure.“

—  William Congreve, The Old Bachelor
The Old Bachelor (1693), Context: Thus grief still treads upon the heels of pleasure; Married in haste, we may repent at leisure. Act V, scene viii. Compare: "Who wooed in haste, and means to wed at leisure", William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, Act iii, scene 2

„Let us be very strange and well-bred“

—  William Congreve, The Way of the World
The Way of the World (1700), Context: Let us be very strange and well-bred: Let us be as strange as if we had been married a great while; And as well-bred as if we were not married at all. Act IV, scene v

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„Heav'n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn'd,
Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn'd.“

—  William Congreve, The Mourning Bride
The Mourning Bride (1697), Context: Vile and ingrate! too late thou shalt repent The base Injustice thou hast done my Love: Yes, thou shalt know, spite of thy past Distress, And all those Ills which thou so long hast mourn'd; Heav'n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn'd, Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn'd. Act III, scene viii; often paraphrased: "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned". A similar line occurs in Love's Last Shift, by Colley Cibber, act iv.: "We shall find no fiend in hell can match the fury of a disappointed woman".

„Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast,
To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.“

—  William Congreve, The Mourning Bride
The Mourning Bride (1697), Context: Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast, To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak. I've read, that things inanimate have mov'd, And, as with living Souls, have been inform'd, By Magick Numbers and persuasive Sound. What then am I? Am I more senseless grown Than Trees, or Flint? O force of constant Woe! 'Tis not in Harmony to calm my Griefs. Anselmo sleeps, and is at Peace; last Night The silent Tomb receiv'd the good Old King; He and his Sorrows now are safely lodg'd Within its cold, but hospitable Bosom. Why am not I at Peace? Act I, scene i; the first lines of this passage are often rendered in modern spelling as "Music has charms to soothe a savage breast", or misquoted as: "Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast".

„Thou liar of the first magnitude.“

—  William Congreve, Love for Love
Love for Love (1695), Act II, scene ii

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