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William Congreve

Data de nascimento: 24. Janeiro 1670
Data de falecimento: 19. Janeiro 1729

William Congreve , poeta e dramaturgo neoclássico inglês.

Estudou em Kilkenny e no Trinity College de Dublin, exercendo depois a advocacia em Londres. Protegido do Lorde Halifax, que conseguiu-lhe diversos empregos lucrativos, pôde dedicar-se às letras. Autor de comédias de costumes espirituosas, cínicas e freqëntemente licenciosas, é considerado o mais célebre dramaturgo da época da Restauração. Entre seus mais importantes trabalhos estão The Double Dealer, de 1694 e sua obra-prima the Way of the World, de 1700.

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The Mourning Bride
William Congreve

Citações William Congreve

„Não há no céu fúria comparável ao amor transformado em ódio nem há no inferno ferocidade como a de uma mulher desprezada.“

—  William Congreve, The Mourning Bride

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
William Congreve in "The Mourning Bride", act III in: "The dramatic works of Wycherley, Congreve, Vanbrugh, and Farquhar: with biographical and critical notices"‎ - Página 249 http://books.google.com.br/books?id=WuENAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA249, de William Wycherley, William Congreve, Sir John Vanbrugh, George Farquhar - G. Routledge, 1866 - 668 páginas

„Say what you will, 'tis better to be left than never to have been loved.“

—  William Congreve, The Way of the World

Act II, scene i. Precedent for Alfred Tennyson's more famous: "'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all"
The Way of the World (1700)

„Let us be very strange and well-bred“

—  William Congreve, The Way of the World

Act IV, scene v
The Way of the World (1700)
Contexto: Let us be very strange and well-bred:
Let us be as strange as if we had been married a great while;
And as well-bred as if we were not married at all.

„Married in haste, we may repent at leisure.“

—  William Congreve, The Old Bachelor

Act V, scene viii. Compare: "Who wooed in haste, and means to wed at leisure", William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, Act iii, scene 2
The Old Bachelor (1693)
Contexto: Thus grief still treads upon the heels of pleasure;
Married in haste, we may repent at leisure.

„Heav'n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn'd,
Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn'd.“

—  William Congreve, The Mourning Bride

Act III, scene viii; often paraphrased: "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned". A similar line occurs in Love's Last Shift, by Colley Cibber, act iv.: "We shall find no fiend in hell can match the fury of a disappointed woman".
The Mourning Bride (1697)
Variante: Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned,
Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
Contexto: Vile and ingrate! too late thou shalt repent
The base Injustice thou hast done my Love:
Yes, thou shalt know, spite of thy past Distress,
And all those Ills which thou so long hast mourn'd;
Heav'n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn'd,
Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn'd.

„Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast,
To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.“

—  William Congreve, The Mourning Bride

Act I, scene i; the first lines of this passage are often rendered in modern spelling as "Music has charms to soothe a savage breast", or misquoted as: "Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast".
The Mourning Bride (1697)
Contexto: Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast,
To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.
I've read, that things inanimate have mov'd,
And, as with living Souls, have been inform'd,
By Magick Numbers and persuasive Sound.
What then am I? Am I more senseless grown
Than Trees, or Flint? O force of constant Woe!
'Tis not in Harmony to calm my Griefs.
Anselmo sleeps, and is at Peace; last Night
The silent Tomb receiv'd the good Old King;
He and his Sorrows now are safely lodg'd
Within its cold, but hospitable Bosom.
Why am not I at Peace?

„Defer not till tomorrow to be wise,
Tomorrow's sun to thee may never rise.“

—  William Congreve

"Letter to Cobham", line 61. Compare: "Be wise to-day, 't is madness to defer", Edward Young, Night Thoughts, Night i. line 390

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„Eternity was in that moment.“

—  William Congreve, The Old Bachelor

Act IV, scene vii
The Old Bachelor (1693)

„Never go to bed angry, stay up and fight.“

—  William Congreve

Phyllis Diller, as quoted in Getting Through to the Man You Love : The No-Nonsense, No-Nagging Guide for Women (1999) by Michele Weiner-Davis, p. 151
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