George Farquhar

(1677_1707 / Derry)

George Farquhar Quotes

  • ''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.
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  • ''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 to spend it.''
    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 (1698).
  • ''When the blind lead the blind, no wonder they both fall into—matrimony.''
    George Farquhar (1678-1707), Irish dramatist. Roebuck, in Love and a Bottle, act 5, sc. 1.
  • ''Money is the sinews of love, as of war.''
    George Farquhar (1678-1707), Irish dramatist. repr. In Complete Works, ed. Charles Stonehill (1930). Roebuck, in Love and a Bottle, act 2, sc. 1 (1698).
  • ''I believe they talked of me, for they laughed consumedly.''
    George Farquhar (1678-1707), Irish dramatist. repr. In Complete Works, ed. Charles Stonehill (1930). Scrub, in The Beaux' Stratagem, act 3, sc. 1 (1707).
  • ''We love the precepts for the teacher's sake.''
    George Farquhar (1678-1707), Irish dramatist. repr. In Complete Works, ed. Charles Stonehill (1930). Sir Harry Wildair, in The Constant Couple, act 5, sc. 3 (1699).
  • ''I have fed purely upon ale; I have eat my ale, drank my ale, and I always sleep upon ale.''
    George Farquhar (1678-1707), Irish dramatist. repr. In Complete Works, ed. Charles Stonehill (1930). The landlord Boniface, in The Beaux' Stratagem, act 1, sc. 1 (1707).

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