I love to be envied, and would not marry a wife that I alone could love; loving alone is as dull as eating alone.
1675 The CountryWife, act 3, sc.2.
Fy! madam, do you think me so ill bred as to love a husband?William Wycherley
A good name is seldom got by giving it one's self.William Wycherley
Your virtue is your greatest affectation.William Wycherley
Women serve but to keep men from better company.William Wycherley
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.William Wycherley
'Tis ashard tobe a good fellow, a good friend, and a lover of women, as 'tistobe agood fellow, agood friend, and a lover of money.William Wycherley
Wine gives you liberty, love takes it away.William Wycherley
For my part, I will have only those glorious manly pleasures of being very drunk and very slovenly.William Wycherley
Wit ismore necessary than beauty; and I think no young woman ugly that has it, and no handsome woman agreeable without it.William Wycherley
He's a fool that marries; but he's a greater that does not marrya fool.William Wycherley
Poetry in love is no more to be avoided than jealousy.William Wycherley
And with faint praises one another damn.William Wycherley
I weigh the man, not his title; 't is not the king's stamp can make the metal better.William Wycherley
A mistress should be like a little country retreat near the town, not to dwell in constantly, but only for a night and away.William Wycherley