British playwright, poet and spy (1640–1689)
- No friend to Love like a long voyage at sea.
- The Rover, Part I, Act I, sc. ii (1677).
- There's no sinner like a young saint.
- The Rover, Part I, Act I, sc. ii.
- Patience is a flatterer, sir, and an ass, sir.
- The Feigned Courtesans, Act III, sc. i (1679).
- Variety is the soul of pleasure.
- The Rover, Part II, Act I (1681).
- Come away; poverty's catching.
- The Rover, Part II, Act I.
- Money speaks sense in a language all nations understand.
- The Rover, Part II, Act III, sc. i.
- One hour of right-down love is worth an age of dully living on.
- The Rover, Part II, Act V.
- A brave world, sir, full of religion, knavery, and change: we shall shortly see better days.
- The Roundheads (1682).
- Faith, sir, we are here today, and gone tomorrow.
- The Lucky Chance, Act IV (1686).
- Love ceases to be a pleasure when it ceases to be a secret.
- The Lover's Watch, "Four o'Clock General Conversation" (1686).
- Oh what a dear ravishing thing is the beginning of an Amour!
- The Emperor of the Moon, Act I, sc. i (1687).
- He that knew all that ever Learning writ,
Knew only this - that he knew nothing yet.
- The Emperor of the Moon, Act III, sc. iii.
- Nothing is more capable of troubling our reason, and consuming our health, than secret notions of jealousy in solitude.
- The History of Agnes de Castro, or the Force of Generous Love (1688).
- …that perfect Tranquillity of Life, which is no where to be found, but in retreat, a faithful Friend and a good Library…
- The Lucky Mistake (1689).
- Each moment of the happy lover's hour is worth an age of dull and common life.
- The Younger Brother, Act III, sc. ii (published posthumously 1696).
Quotes about Behn edit
- She was employed by Charles II, in 1666, in a political negotiation at Antwerp, which she managed with much dexterity; but her intelligence (though well-founded) being disregarded, she renounced all state affairs, and amused herself some time with the gallantries of Antwerp; and, when she arrived at London, dedicated the rest of her life to pleasure and poetry.