Aphra Behn

(10 July 1640 – 16 April 1689 / Wye, England)

Aphra Behn Quotes

  • ''Love ceases to be a pleasure, when it ceases to be a secret.''
    Aphra Behn (1640-1689), British playwright, poet. repr. In The Works of Aphra Behn, vol. 6, ed. M. Summers (1915). "Four O'Clock. General Conversation," The Lover's Watch (1686).
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  • ''There is no sinner like a young saint.''
    Aphra Behn (1640-1689), British playwright, poet. Published in The Works of Aphra Behn, vol. 1, ed. M. Summers (1915). Willmore, in The Rover, act 1, sc. 2 (1681).

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The Libertine

A THOUSAND martyrs I have made,
   All sacrificed to my desire,
A thousand beauties have betray'd
   That languish in resistless fire:
The untamed heart to hand I brought,
And fix'd the wild and wand'ring thought.

I never vow'd nor sigh'd in vain,
   But both, tho' false, were well received;

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