Thomas Shadwell

English poet and playwright (1642-1692)

Thomas Shadwell (c. 1642November 19, 1692) was an English playwright and miscellaneous writer who was appointed poet laureate in 1689.


  • Love quickly is pall'd,
    Tho' with labour 'tis gain'd;
    Wine never does cloy
    Tho' with ease 'tis obtain'd.
    We sing while you sigh,
    We laugh while you weep;
    Love robs you of rest,
    Wine lulls us asleep.
    • Love Quickly is Pall'd

The True Widow (1679)Edit

  • And wit's the noblest frailty of the mind.
    • Act II, sc. i.
  • The haste of a fool is the slowest thing in the world.
    • Act III, sc. i.
  • I am, out of the ladies' company, like a fish out of the water.
    • Act III, sc. i.
  • Every man loves what he is good at.
    • Act V, sc. i.

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