Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can only be felt if you don't set any condition.Arthur Rubinstein
- No friend to Love like a long voyage at sea.
- The Rover, Part I, Act I, sc. ii (1677)
- There's no sinner like a young saint.
- The Rover, Part I, Act I, sc. ii
- Patience is a flatterer, sir, and an ass, sir.
- The Feigned Courtesans, Act III, sc. i (1679)
- Variety is the soul of pleasure.
- The Rover, Part II, Act I (1681)
- Come away; poverty's catching.
- The Rover, Part II, Act I
- Money speaks sense in a language all nations understand.
- The Rover, Part II, Act III, sc. i
- One hour of right-down love is worth an age of dully living on.
- The Rover, Part II, Act V
- A brave world, sir, full of religion, knavery, and change: we shall shortly see better days.
- The Roundheads (1682)
- Faith, sir, we are here today, and gone tomorrow.
- The Lucky Chance, Act IV (1686)
- Love ceases to be a pleasure when it ceases to be a secret.
- The Lover's Watch, "Four o'Clock General Conversation" (1686)
- Oh what a dear ravishing thing is the beginning of an Amour!
- The Emperor of the Moon, Act I, sc. i (1687)
- He that knew all that ever Learning writ, Knew only this - that he knew nothing yet.
- The Emperor of the Moon, Act III, sc. iii
- Nothing is more capable of troubling our reason, and consuming our health, than secret notions of jealousy in solitude.
- The History of Agnes de Castro, or the Force of Generous Love (1688)
- …that perfect Tranquillity of Life, which is no where to be found, but in retreat, a faithful Friend and a good Library…
- The Lucky Mistake (1689)
- Each moment of the happy lover's hour is worth an age of dull and common life.
- The Younger Brother, Act III, sc. ii (published posthumously 1696)