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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

William Congreve 1670-1729 John Bartlett

    Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast,
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
          The Mourning Bride. Act i. Sc. 1.
    By magic numbers and persuasive sound.
          The Mourning Bride. Act i. Sc. 1.
    Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned,
Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned. 1
          The Mourning Bride. Act iii. Sc. 8.
    For blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds,
And though a late, a sure reward succeeds.
          The Mourning Bride. Act v. Sc. 12.
    If there ’s delight in love, ’t is when I see
That heart which others bleed for, bleed for me.
          The Way of the World, Act iii. Sc. 12.
    Ferdinand Mendez Pinto was but a type of thee, thou liar of the first magnitude.
          Love for Love. Act ii. Sc. 5.
    I came up stairs into the world, for I was born in a cellar. 2
          Love for Love. Act ii. Sc. 7.
    Hannibal was a very pretty fellow in those days.
          The Old Bachelor. Act ii. Sc. 2.
    Thus grief still treads upon the heels of pleasure;
Married in haste, we may repent at leisure. 3
          The Old Bachelor. Act v. Sc. 1.
    Defer not till to-morrow to be wise,
To-morrow’s sun to thee may never rise. 4
          Letter to Cobham.
Note 1.
We shall find no fiend in hell can match the fury of a disappointed woman.—Colley Cibber: Love’s Last Shift, act iv. [back]
Note 2.
Born in a cellar, and living in a garret.—Samuel Foote: The Author, act 2.

Born in the garret, in the kitchen bred.—Lord Byron: A Sketch. [back]
Note 3.
See Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, Quotation 10. [back]
Note 4.
Be wise to-day, ’t is madness to defer.—Edward Young: Night Thoughts, night i. line 390. [back]