Quotes by William Congreve

"Say what you will, ’tis better to be left than never to have been loved."

"Heav'n hath no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn'd,
Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn'd."

"Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak."

"But say what you will, 'tis better to be left than never to have been loved. To pass our youth in dull indifference, to refuse the sweets of life because they once must leave us, is as preposterous as to wish to have been born old, because we one day must be old."

"Music hath charms to sooth a savage breast."


Books by William Congreve

  • Love For Love
  • 128 ratings
  • 1969 by Ernest Benn Limited

    (first published 1695)

  • Incognita
  • 57 ratings
  • October 1st 2003 by Hesperus Press

    (first published 1692)

  • The Double Dealer
  • 32 ratings
  • June 17th 2004 by Kessinger Publishing

    (first published 1693)

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  • William Congreve

  • Date of birth: January 24, 1670
  • Died: January 19, 1729
  • Born: in Bardsey, West Yorkshire, The United Kingdom.

  • Description: "William Congreve was an English playwright and poet.... William Congreve wrote some of the most popular English plays of the Restoration period of the late 17th century. By the age of thirty, he had written four comedies, including Love for Love (premiered 30 April 1695) and The Way of the World (premiered 1700), and one tragedy, The Mourning Bride (1697).

    Unfortunately, his career ended almost as soon as it began. After writing five plays from his first in 1693 until 1700, he produced no more as public tastes turned against the sort of high-brow sexual comedy of manners in which he specialized. He reportedly was particularly stung by a critique written by Jeremy Collier (A Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage), to the point that he wrote a long reply, "Amendments of Mr. Collier's False and Imperfect Citations."

    A member of the Whig Kit-Kat Club, Congreve's career shifted to the political sector, where he held various minor political positions despite his stance as a Whig among Tories."