an English playwright and poet.
Congreve was born in Bardsey, West Yorkshire, England (near Leeds). His parents were William Congreve (1637–1708) and his wife, Mary (née Browning; 1636?–1715); a sister was buried in London in 1672. He spent his childhood in Ireland, where his father, a Cavalier, had settled during the reign of Charles II. Congreve was educated at ... more »
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''I find we are growing serious, and then we are in great danger of being dull.''William Congreve (1670-1729), British dramatist. Araminta, in The Old Bachelor, act 2, sc. 2 (1693). The conversation turns on the subject of love...
''In my conscience I believe the baggage loves me, for she never speaks well of me herself, nor suffers any body else to rail at me.''William Congreve (1670-1729), British dramatist. Bellmour, in The Old Bachelor, act 1, sc. 1. Said of Belinda.
''They come together like the Coroner's Inquest, to sit upon the murdered reputations of the week.''William Congreve (1670-1729), British dramatist. Fainall, in The Way of the World, act 1, sc. 1 (1700).
''I nauseate walking; 'tis a country diversion; I loathe the country.''William Congreve (1670-1729), British dramatist. Mrs. Millamant, in The Way of the World, act 4, sc. 4 (1700).
'''Tis well enough for a servant to be bred at an University. But the education is a little too pedantic for a gentleman.''William Congreve (1670-1729), British dramatist. Tattle, in Love for Love, act 5, sc. 1 (1695).
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False Though She Be
FALSE though she be to me and love,
I'll ne'er pursue revenge;
For still the charmer I approve,
Though I deplore her change.
In hours of bliss we oft have met:
They could not always last;
And though the present I regret,
I'm grateful for the past.