Colley Cibber

(6 November 1671 – 11 December 1757 / London)

Quotations

  • ''Thou strange piece of wild nature!''
    Colley Cibber (1671-1757), British actor-manager, playwright. Lord Wronglove to Lord George, in The Lady's Last Stake, act. 1, sc. 1.
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  • ''Prithee don't screw your wit beyond the compass of good manners.''
    Colley Cibber (1671-1757), British actor-manager, playwright. Narcissa, in Love's Last Shift, act 2, sc. 1.
  • ''You know, one had as good be out of the world, as out of the fashion.''
    Colley Cibber (1671-1757), British actor-manager, playwright. repr. In Dramatic Works (1966). Narcissa, in Love's Last Shift, act 2, sc. 1 (1696). The proverb can be dated back to 1639.
  • ''Our hours in love have wings; in absence, crutches.''
    Colley Cibber (1671-1757), British actor-manager, playwright. Tamira, in Xerxes, act 4, sc. 3.
  • ''Then let not what I cannot have
    My cheer of mind destroy.
    Whilst thus I sing, I am a king,
    Although a poor blind boy!''
    Colley Cibber (1671-1757), British writer. The Blind Boy (l. 17-20). . . Oxford Book of Children's Verse, The. Iona Opie and Peter Opie, eds. (1973) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Tea! Thou soft, thou sober, sage, and venerable liquid, thou innocent pretence for bringing the wicked of both sexes together in a morning; thou female tongue-running, smile-smoothing, heart- opening, wink-tipping cordial, to whose glorious insipidity I owe the happiest moment of my life, let me fall prostrate thus, and ... adore thee.''
    Colley Cibber (1671-1757), British actor-manager, playwright. Lord George, in The Lady's Last Stake, act 1, sc. 1. Lord George's "happiest moment" was sipping tea in the company of Lady Gentle.

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The Blind Boy

O SAY what is that thing call’d Light,
Which I must ne’er enjoy;
What are the blessings of the sight,
O tell your poor blind boy!

You talk of wondrous things you see,
You say the sun shines bright;
I feel him warm, but how can he
Or make it day or night?

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