Isaac Bickerstaffe (26 September 1733 – 1812?) was an Irish playwright who arrived in London in 1755 and produced many successful comedies and opera librettos.
- Hope! thou nurse of young desire.
- Love in a Village (1762), Act i, scene 1.
- There was a jolly miller once,
Lived on the river Dee;
He worked and sung from morn till night:
No lark more blithe than he.
- Love in a Village (1762), Act i, scene 2.
- And this the burden of his song
Forever used to be,—
I care for nobody, no, not I,
If no one cares for me.
- Young fellows will be young fellows.
- Love in a Village (1762), Act ii, scene 2.
- 'Tis a sure sign work goes on merrily, when folks sing at it.
- The Maide of the Mill (1765), Act i, scene 1.
- By candle-light nobody would have taken you for above five-and-twenty.
- The Maide of the Mill (1765), Act i, scene 2.
- Fine feathers, they say, make fine birds.
- The Padlock (1768).
- Ay, do despise me! I'm the prouder for it; I like to be despised.
- The Hypocrite (1768), Act v, scene 1.
- Perhaps it was right to dissemble your love,
But - why did you kick me downstairs?
- An Expostulation (1789).
- Health is the greatest of all possessions; a pale cobbler is better than a sick king.
- Reported in Tryon Edwards, A Dictionary of Thoughts (1908), p. 221.