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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Colley Cibber on plays, writing, wild, unhappy, comedy, glory, happy, satire, humor, matrimony, dinner and whores.

28 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Colley Cibber With A Tinge Of Satire

Quick Facts

Famous As: Actor, Playwright, Poet, Writer

Born On: November 6, 1671

Died On: December 11, 1757

Born In: Bloomsbury, London

Died At Age: 86

Colley Cibber was a renowned English actor-manager and poet laureate. He was a pioneer in the genre of sentimental comedy. He had a humble start to life like many of his contemporaries and was expected to join the church as an adult. His interest in stage compelled him to go against his father’s wishes to pursue a career in drama. He joined the Theatre Royal as an unsalaried apprentice at the age of 12. Initially, he got small roles there which could not bring him much appreciation. He also got married during the same time and had to struggle a lot as the compensation was very low to survive. This motivated him to pen-down a play titled ‘Love’s Last Shift’ where he wrote a role for himself. Although his character was not the lead, he used it to portray his prolific comic skills. This is believed to have established his successful career and he went on to write various dramas which helped him gain fame and popularity among the masses. The writings, work, plays, thoughts and books are remembered for their poetical and pillory style. Go through the quotes and thoughts by Colley Cibber which will teach you some important lessons of life in a hilarious manner.

The happy have whole days, and those they choose. The unhappy have but hours, and those they lose.

Colley Cibber

Thou strange piece of wild nature!

Colley Cibber

Tea! Thou soft, thou sober, sage and venerable liquid ... to whose glorious insipidity, I owe the happiest moments of my life, let me fall prostrate.

Colley Cibber

Tea! thou soft, sober, sage and venerable liquid;- thou female tongue-running, smile-smoothing, heart-opening, wink-tippling cordial, to whose glorious insipidity I owe the happiest moment of my life, let me fall prostrate.

Colley Cibber

Prithee don't screw your wit beyond the compass of good manners.

Colley Cibber

Old houses mended, Cost little less than new before they're ended.

Colley Cibber

Ah! good Sir! no Whores before Dinner, I beseech you." [Love's Last Shift]

Colley Cibber

The wretch that fears to drown, will break through flames; Or, in his dread of flames, will plunge in waves. When eagles are in view, the screaming doves Will cower beneath the feet of man for safety.

Colley Cibber

Oh! How many torments lie in the small circle of a wedding-ring!

Colley Cibber

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

Possession is eleven points in the law.

Colley Cibber

A weak invention of the Enemy.

Colley Cibber

We shall find no fiend in hell can match the fury of a disappointed woman; scorned, slighted, dismissed without a parting pang.

Colley Cibber

You know, one had as good be out of the world, as out of the fashion.

Colley Cibber

Banish that fear; my flame can never waste, For love sincere refines upon the taste.

Colley Cibber

What have I done? What horrid crime committed? To me the worst of crimes-outliv'd my liking.

Colley Cibber

So mourn'd the dame of Ephesus her love.

Colley Cibber

The happy have whole days,

Colley Cibber

Faint is the bliss, that never past thro' pain.

Colley Cibber

Oh, say! what is that thing call'd light, Which I must ne'er enjoy? What are the blessings of the sight? Oh, tell your poor blind boy!

Colley Cibber

Who fears t' offend takes the first step to please.

Colley Cibber

The aspiring youth that fired the Ephesian domeOutlives in fame the pious fool that rais'd it.

Colley Cibber

Wit is the most rascally, contemptible, beggarly thing on the face of the earth.

Colley Cibber

Words are but empty thanks.

Colley Cibber

Stolen sweets are best.

Colley Cibber

Losers must have leave to speak.

Colley Cibber

I've lately had two spiders Crawling upon my startled hopes-- Now though thy friendly hand has brushed 'em from me, Yet still they crawl offensive to mine eyes: I would have some kind friend to tread upon 'em.

Colley Cibber

When we are conscious of the least comparative merit in ourselves, we should take as much care to conceal the value we set upon it, as if it were a real defect; to be elated or vain upon it is showing your money before people in want.

Colley Cibber