Quotes by Aphra Behn

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Aphra Behn (July 10, 1640 - April 16, 1689) was a prolific dramatist of the Restoration, and is considered one of the first English professional female writers. Her writing participated in the amatory fiction genre of British literature. more

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Love ceases to be a pleasure, when it ceases to be a secret.

Variety is the soul of pleasure.
Money speaks sense in a language all nations understand.
There is no sinner like a young saint.
Each fool turns politician now, and wears / A formal face, and talks of state-affairs.
… the natural itch of talking and lying ….
Come away! Poverty’s catching.
… that perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend, a good library ….
Sure he’s too much a gentleman to be a scholar.
… this marrying I do not like: ’tis like going on a long voyage to sea, where after a while even the calms are distasteful, and the storms dangerous: one seldom sees a new object, ’tis still a deal of sea, sea; husband, husband, every day—till one’s quite cloyed with it.

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