William Wycherley

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William Wycherley (c. 1640 – 1 January 1716) was an English dramatist of the Restoration period.

See also: The Country Wife.


  • Necessity, the mother of invention.
    • Love in a Wood (1671), Act III, scene 3. (This was already a common proverb before Wycherley, cf. Invention, Necessity).
  • And with faint praises one another damn.
    • The Plain Dealer (1677), Prologue.
  • I weigh the man, not his title; 't is not the king's stamp can make the metal better.
    • The Plain Dealer (1677), Act I, scene 1.

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