Men, some to business, some to pleasure take; But every woman is at heart a rake: Men, some to quiet, some to public strife; But every lady would be Queen for life.
A Clerk ther was of Oxenford also, That unto logyk hadde longe ygo. As leene was his hors as is a rake.Geoffrey Chaucer
How circumstantial reality is! Facts are like individual letters, with their spikes and loops and thorns, that make up words: eventually they hurt our eyes, and we long to take a bath, to rake the lawn, to look at the sea.John Hoyer Updike
The performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni Tuesday night at the University of NH, Johnson Theatre, was absolutely stunning. Lithuanian baritone, Vytautas Juozapaitis, (Don Giovanni) not only had the necessary voice, but he played the boastfully lecherous rake to great fanfare.vytautas juozapaitis
To rake into the whole course of a man's life is very hard.Jeffries, L.C.J., Hampden's Case (1684), 9 How. St. Tr. 1103.
He [Steele] was a rake among scholars, and a scholar among rakes.Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay, Review of Aikin's Life of Addison, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
Curs'd be that wretch (Death's factor sure) who brought Dire swords into the peaceful world, and taught Smiths (who before could only make The spade, the plough-share, and the rake) Arts, in most cruel wise Man's left to epitomize!Abraham Cowley
Ovid 's a rake, as half his verses show him, Anacreon's morals are a still worse sample, Catullus scarcely has a decent poem, I don't think Sappho's Ode a good example, Although Longinus tells us there is no hymn Where the sublime soars forth on wings more ample; But Virgil's songs are pure, except that horrid one Beginning with "Formosum Pastor Corydon."lord byron
Man is a ribald, Man’s a rake. Man is Nature’s sole mistake!W. S. Gilbert, Princess Ida, Act II
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