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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'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.
  • '''Tis a strange thing, Sam, that among us people can't agree the whole week, because they go different ways upon Sundays.''
    George Farquhar (1678-1707), Irish dramatist. letter, Oct. 15, 1700. Love and Business (1701).
  • ''Poetry is a mere drug, Sir.''
    George Farquhar (1678-1707), Irish dramatist. repr. In Complete Works, ed. Charles Stonehill (1930). Pamphlet, in Love and a Bottle, act 3, sc. 2 (169...
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