William Congreve Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old william congreve quotes, william congreve sayings, and william congreve proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.      

William Congreve

Music has charms to soothe a savage beast.      

William Congreve

He that first cries out "stop thief" is often he that has stolen the treasure.      

William Congreve

For blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds, And though a late, a sure reward succeeds.     

William Congreve

Guilt is ever at a loss, and confusion waits upon it; when innocence and bold truth are always ready for expression.     

William Congreve

Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing, though the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the folly of the chase.     

William Congreve

Women are like tricks by sleight of hand, which, to admire, we should not understand.     

William Congreve

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.     

William Congreve

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.     

William Congreve

A hungry wolf at all the herd will run, In hopes, through many, to make sure of one.     

William Congreve

A fellow who lives in a windmill has not a more whimsical dwelling than the heart of a man that is lodged in a woman.     

William Congreve

Invention flags, his brain goes muddy, and black despair succeeds brown study.     

William Congreve

A hungry wolf at all the herd will run, In hopes, through many, to make sure of one.     

William Congreve

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.     

William Congreve

Courtship is to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play.     

William Congreve

There is in true beauty, as in courage, something which narrow souls cannot dare to admire.     

William Congreve

Courtship to marriage is as a very witty prologue to a very dull play.     

William Congreve

They are at the end of the gallery; retired to their tea and scandal, according to their ancient custom.     

William Congreve

Careless she is with artful care, / Affecting to seem unaffected.     

William Congreve

O, nothing is more alluring than a levee from a couch in some confusion.     

William Congreve

Courtship to marriage is a very witty prologue to a very dull play.     

William Congreve

Women are like tricks by sleight of hand. / Which, to admire, we should not understand.     

William Congreve