Sir George Etherege

(1635-1691 / England)

Sir George Etherege Quotes

  • ''When love grows diseased, the best thing we can do is to put it to a violent death; I cannot endure the torture of a lingering and consumptive passion.''
    George Etherege (1635-1691), British dramatist, diplomat. Dorimant, in The Man of Mode, act 2, sc. 2 (1676).
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  • ''Writing, madam, 's a mechanic part of wit! A gentleman should never go beyond a song or a billet.''
    George Etherege (1635-1691), British dramatist, diplomat. Sir Fopling, in The Man of Mode, act 4, sc. 1 (1676).

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To a Very Young Lady

Sweetest bud of beauty, may
No untimely frost decay
Th' early glories which we trace
Blooming in thy matchless face:
But kindly opening, like the rose,
Fresh beauties every day disclose,
Such as by Nature are not shown
In all the blossoms she has blown:
And then, what conquest shall you make,

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