Thomas Southerne (1660 – May 22, 1746), Irish dramatist, was born at Oxmantown, near Dublin, in 1660, and entered Trinity College, Dublin in 1676. Two years later he was entered at the Middle Temple, London.
- Pity's akin to love.
- Oroonoka, Act ii, scene 1; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "Of all the paths [that] lead to a woman's love / Pity's the straightest", John Fletcher, The Knight of Malta, Act i, scene 1.
- Of the king's creation you may be; but he who makes a count ne'er made a man. 2
- Sir Anthony Love, Act ii, scene 1; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "I weigh the man, not his title; 't is not the king's stamp can make the metal better", William Wycherley, The Plaindealer, Act i. scene 1.
- Ambition is an idol on whose wings
Great minds are carry'd only to extreme;
To be sublimely great, or to be nothing.
- The Loyal Brother.