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George Farquhar


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George Farquhar (1677 – 29 April 1707) was an Irish dramatist. He is noted for his contributions to late Restoration comedy, particularly for his plays The Recruiting Officer (1706) and The Beaux' Stratagem (1707).

Born in Derry, Ireland, Farquhar was one of seven children born to William Farquhar, a clergyman of modest means. The author of "Memoirs of Mr. George Farquhar," a ... more »

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  • ''There is no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty.''
    George Farquhar (1678-1707), Irish dramatist. repr. In Complete Works, ed. Charles Stonehill (1930). Archer, a "gentleman of broken fortunes," in The ...
  • ''There's no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty.''
    George Farquhar (1678-1707), Irish dramatist. Archer, a "gentleman of broken fortunes," in The Beaux' Stratagem, act 1, sc. 1.
  • We are the men of intrinsic value, who can strike our fortunes out of ourselves, whose worth is independent of accidents in life, or revolutions in government: we have heads to get money, and hearts t...
    George Farquhar (1678-1707), Irish dramatist. Archer, a "gentleman of broken fortunes," in The Beaux' Stratagem, act 1, sc. 1.
  • ''Observe this, that tho' a woman swear, forswear, lie, dissemble, back-bite, be proud, vain, malicious, anything, if she secures the main chance, she's still virtuous; that's a maxim.''
    George Farquhar (1678-1707), Irish dramatist. Lady Lurewell, in The Constant Couple, act 1, sc. 2.
  • ''Grant me some wild expressions, Heavens, or I shall burst.''
    George Farquhar (1678-1707), Irish dramatist. repr. In Complete Works, ed. Charles Stonehill (1930). Lady Lurewell, in The Constant Couple, act 5, sc....
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