George Farquhar

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George Farquhar.

George Farquhar (1678April 29, 1707) was an Irish dramatist.


  • Poetry’s a mere drug, Sir.
    • Love and a Bottle (1698), Act iii, Sc. 2.
  • I hate all that don’t love me, and slight all that do.
    • The Constant Couple (1699), Lure, Act i, Sc. 2.
  • Crimes, like Virtues, are their own Rewards.
    • The Inconstant (1702), Ori, Act iv, Sc. 2.
  • Cos. Pray now, what may be that same bed of honour?
    Kite. Oh, a mighty large bed! bigger by half than the great bed at Ware: ten thousand people may lie in it together, and never feel one another.
    • The Recruiting Officer (1706), Act i. Sc. 1.
  • Hanging and marriage, you know, go by destiny.
    • The Recruiting Officer (1706), Braz, Act iii, Sc. 2.
  • [T]hose who know the least, obey the best.
    • The Recruiting Officer (1706), Act iv. Sc. 1.
  • Sir, you shall taste my Anno Domini.
    • The Beaux’ Stratagem (1707), Bon, Act i, Sc. 1.
  • There is no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty.
    • The Beaux’ Stratagem (1707), Arch, Act i, Sc. 1.
  • I believe they talked of me, for they laughed consumedly.
    • The Beaux’ Stratagem (1707), Act iii. Sc. 1.
  • ’T was for the good of my country that I should be abroad.
    • The Beaux’ Stratagem (1707), Act iii. Sc. 2. Compare: "Leaving his country for his country’s sake", Fitz-Geffrey, The Life and Death of Sir Francis Drake (1596), stanza 213.; "True patriots all; for, be it understood, / We left our country for our country’s good", George Barrington, Prologue written for the opening of the Play-house at New South Wales, Jan. 16, 1796. New South Wales, p. 152.
  • Necessity, the mother of invention.
    • The Twin Rivals (1702), Act i. Compare: "Necessity is the mother of invention", Wycherly, Love in a Wood (1672), act iii. sc. 3.; "Art imitates Nature, and necessity is the mother of invention", Richard Franck, Northern Memoirs (written in 1658, printed in 1694); "Magister artis ingenique largitor Venter" (translated: "Hunger is the teacher of the arts and the bestower of invention"), Persius, Prolog., line 10.
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