Thomas Shadwell

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Optimism and humor are the grease and glue of life. Without both of them we would never have survived our captivity.
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Thomas Shadwell (c. 1642November 19, 1692) was an English playwright and miscellaneous writer who was appointed poet laureate in 1689.


The True Widow (1679)

  • And wit's the noblest frailty of the mind.
    • Act II, sc. i
  • The haste of a fool is the slowest thing in the world.
    • Act III, sc. i
  • I am, out of the ladies' company, like a fish out of the water.
    • Act III, sc. i
  • Every man loves what he is good at.
    • Act V, sc. i

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