Good fellowship and friendship are lasting, rational and manly pleasures.
Hunger, revenge, to sleep are petty foes, But only death the jealous eyes can close.
Money makes up in a measure all other wants in men.
Next to the pleasure of finding a new mistress is that of being rid of an old one.
A beauty masked, like the sun in eclipse, gathers together more gazers than if it shined out.
Mistresses are like books; if you pore upon them too much, they doze you and make you unfit for company; but if used discreetly, you are the fitter for conversation by em.
A mistress should be like a little country retreat near the town, not to dwell in constantly, but only for a night and away.
Drinking with women is as unnatural as scolding with 'em.
Go to your business, pleasure, whilst I go to my pleasure, business.
Conversation augments pleasure and diminishes pain by our having shares in either; for silent woes are greatest, as silent satisfaction leas; since sometimes our pleasure would be none but for telling of it, and our grief insupportable but for participation.
I weigh the man, not his title; 'tis not the king's stamp can make the metal better.
Poets, like whores, are only hated by each other.
Temperance is the nurse of chastity.
Wine gives you liberty, love takes it away.
Poetry in love is no more to be avoided than jealousy.
I love to be envied, and would not marry a wife that I alone could love; loving alone is as dull as eating alone.
Necessity, mother of invention.
Ceremony and great professing renders friendship as much suspect as it does religion.
As wit is too hard for power in council, so power is too hard for wit in action.
Charity and good-nature give a sanction to the most common actions; and pride and ill-nature make our best virtues despicable.
But methings wit is more necessary than beauty; and I think no young woman ugly that has it, and no handsome woman agreeable without it
Poets, like friends to whom you are in debt, you hate.
He's a fool that marries; but he's a greater fool that does not marry a fool.
Women of quality are so civil, you can hardly distinguish love from good breeding.
Grief is so far from retrieving a loss that it makes it greater; but the way to lessen it is by a comparison with others' losses.
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