William Wycherley


William Wycherley Quotes

  • ''A mistress should be like a little country retreat near the town, not to dwell in constantly, but only for a night and away.''
    William Wycherley (1640-1716), British dramatist. repr. In Plays of William Wycherley, ed. W.C. Ward (1888). Dorilant, in The Country Wife, act 1 (1675).
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  • ''Mistresses are like books; if you pore upon them too much, they doze you and make you unfit for company; but if used discreetly, you are the fitter for conversation by 'em.''
    William Wycherley (1640-1716), British dramatist. Harcourt, in The Country Wife, act 1.
  • ''Women serve but to keep a man from better company.''
    William Wycherley (1640-1716), British dramatist. Horner, in The Country Wife, act 1.
  • ''Women of quality are so civil, you can hardly distinguish love from good breeding.''
    William Wycherley (1640-1716), British dramatist. repr. In Plays of William Wycherley, ed. W.C. Ward (1888). Horner, in The Country Wife, act 1 (1675).
  • ''Your women of honour, as you call 'em, are only chary of their reputations, not their persons; and 'tis scandal that they would avoid, not men.''
    William Wycherley (1640-1716), British dramatist. Horner, in The Country Wife, act 1.
  • ''Good fellowship and friendship are lasting, rational and manly pleasures.''
    William Wycherley (1640-1716), British dramatist. Horner, in The Country Wife, act 1.
  • ''I have heard people eat most heartily of another man's meat, that is, what they do not pay for.''
    William Wycherley (1640-1716), British dramatist. Lady Fidget, in The Country Wife, act 5.
  • ''Marrying to increase love is like gaming to become rich; alas, you only lose what little stock you had before.''
    William Wycherley (1640-1716), British dramatist. Lucy, in The Country Wife, act 4.
  • ''He's a fool that marries, but he's a greater that does not marry a fool; what is wit in a wife good for, but to make a man a cuckold?''
    William Wycherley (1640-1716), British dramatist. Pinchwife, in The Country Wife, act 1.
  • ''Go, go to your business, I say, pleasure, whilst I go to my pleasure, business.''
    William Wycherley (1640-1716), British dramatist. repr. In Plays of William Wycherley, ed. W.C. Ward (1888). Sir Jaspar Fidget, in The Country Wife, act 2 (1675).

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