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.