Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.Guillaume Apollinaire
- Cos. Pray now, what may be that same bed of honour?
Kite. Oh, a mighty large bed! bigger by half than the great bed at Ware: ten thousand people may lie in it together, and never feel one another.
- The Recruiting Officer (1706), Act i. Sc. 1.
- I believe they talked of me, for they laughed consumedly.
- The Beaux’ Stratagem (1707), Act iii. Sc. 1.
- ’T was for the good of my country that I should be abroad.
- The Beaux’ Stratagem (1707), Act iii. Sc. 2. Compare: "Leaving his country for his country’s sake", Fitz-Geffrey, The Life and Death of Sir Francis Drake (1596), stanza 213.; "True patriots all; for, be it understood, / We left our country for our country’s good", George Barrington, Prologue written for the opening of the Play-house at New South Wales, Jan. 16, 1796. New South Wales, p. 152.
- Necessity, the mother of invention.
- The Twin Rivals (1702), Act i. Compare: "Necessity is the mother of invention", Wycherly, Love in a Wood (1672), act iii. sc. 3.; "Art imitates Nature, and necessity is the mother of invention", Richard Franck, Northern Memoirs (written in 1658, printed in 1694); "Magister artis ingenique largitor Venter" (translated: "Hunger is the teacher of the arts and the bestower of invention"), Persius, Prolog., line 10.