William Congreve citáty

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William Congreve

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

William Congreve byl anglický dramatik a básník.

Fotka: Godfrey Kneller / Public domain

Citáty William Congreve

„Never go to bed angry, stay up and fight.“

—  William Congreve

Phyllis Diller, as quoted in Getting Through to the Man You Love : The No-Nonsense, No-Nagging Guide for Women (1999) by Michele Weiner-Davis, p. 151
Misattributed

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

—  William Congreve, The Way of the World

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"
The Way of the World (1700)

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„Thus grief still treads upon the heels of pleasure;
Married in haste, we may repent at leisure.“

—  William Congreve, The Old Bachelor

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
The Old Bachelor (1693)

„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

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".
The Mourning Bride (1697)
Varianta: Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned,
Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
Kontext: 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.

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

—  William Congreve, The Mourning Bride

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".
The Mourning Bride (1697)
Kontext: 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?

„Thou liar of the first magnitude.“

—  William Congreve, Love for Love

Act II, scene ii
Love for Love (1695)
Varianta: Ferdinand Mendez Pinto was but a type of thee, thou liar of the first magnitude.

„I came up stairs into the world, for I was born in a cellar.“

—  William Congreve, Love for Love

Act II, scene vii; comparable to: "Born in a cellar, and living in a garret", Samuel Foote, The Author, act 2; "Born in the garret, in the kitchen bred", Lord Byron, A Sketch
Love for Love (1695)

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