John Vanbrugh

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Sir John Vanbrugh

Sir John Vanbrugh (January 24, 1664? – March 26, 1726) was an English architect and dramatist, perhaps best known as the designer of Blenheim Palace.


  • Once a woman has given you her heart you can never get rid of the rest of her.
  • Thinking is to me the greatest fatigue in the world.
  • No man worth having is true to his wife, or can be true to his wife, or ever was, or ever will be so.
    • The Relapse, Act III, sc. ii (1697)
  • Belinda: Ay, but you know we must return good for evil.
    Lady Brute: That may be a mistake in the translation.
    • The Provoked Wife, Act I, sc. i (1698)
  • When debtors once have borrowed all we have to lend, they are very apt to grow shy of their creditors' company.
    • The Provoked Wife (1698)
  • He laughs best who laughs last.
    • The Country House, Act II, sc. v (1706)
  • Much of a muchness.
    • The Provoked Husband. Act I, sc. i (1728)
    • Completed by Colley Cibber
  • The want of a thing is perplexing enough, but the possession of it is intolerable.
    • The Confederacy, Act I, sc ii.
  • As if a woman of education bought things because she wanted 'em.
    • The Confederacy, Act II, sc. i.
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