What a dull, insipid thing is a billet-doux written in cold blood, after the heat of the business is over!
1676 The Man of Mode or, Sir Fopling Flutter, act1, sc.1.
Like dancers on the ropes poor poets fare, Most perish young, the rest in danger are.Sir George Etherege
Next to the coming to a good understanding with a new mistress, I love a quarrel with an old one.Sir George Etherege
I know heisa devil, but hehassomethingoftheangel yet undefaced in him, which makes him so charming and agreeable that I must love him, be he never so wicked.Sir George Etherege
We are not masters of our own affections; our inclinations dailyalter: now we love pleasure, and anon we shall dote on business. Human frailty will have it so, and who can help it?Sir George Etherege
Whenlovegrows diseased,thebestthing we candoisto put it to a violent death. I cannot endure the torture of a lingering and consumptive passion.Sir George Etherege
I must confess I am a fop in my heart; ill customs influence my very senses, and I have been so used to affectation that without the help of the air of the court what is natural cannot touch me.Sir George Etherege