William Wycherley
Quotations


A mistress should be like a little country retreat near the town, not to dwell in constantly, but only for a night and away.

Good fellowship and friendship are lasting, rational and manly pleasures.

I have heard people eat most heartily of another man's meat, that is, what they do not pay for.

Women of quality are so civil, you can hardly distinguish love from good breeding.

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.

Marrying to increase love is like gaming to become rich; alas, you only lose what little stock you had before.

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.

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?

Women serve but to keep a man from better company.



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