John Gay

1685 - 1732

A Quote by John Gay on courage, earth, joy, life, love, wine, and women

Fill ev'ryglass, for wine inspires us, And fires us With courage, love and joy. Women and wine should life employ. Is there ought else on earth desirous?

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: The Beggar's Opera, 1728

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A Quote by John Gay on mankind, seduction, and women

'T is woman that seduces all mankind; By her we first were taught the wheedling arts.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: The Beggar's Opera. Act i. Sc. 1.

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A Quote by John Gay on duty, love, seasons, and youth

Youth's the season made for joys, Love is then our duty.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: The Beggar's Opera, 1728

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A Quote by John Gay on direction, eternity, good, ignorance, providence, resignation, rest, and virtue

Shall ignorance of good and ill Dare to direct the eternal will? Seek virtue, and of that possest, To Providence resign the rest.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

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A Quote by John Gay

And when a lady's in the case, You know all other things give place.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Fables, pt. I, 1727, The Hare and Many Friends

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A Quote by John Gay on books and learning

Whence is thy learning? Hath thy toil O'er books consumed the midnight oil?

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Fables, pt. I, 1727, The Shepherd and the Philosopher

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A Quote by John Gay on friendship and wine

From wine what sudden friendship springs!

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Fables, pt. II, 1738, The Squire and His Cur

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A Quote by John Gay on doctors, losing, and women

Man may escape from rope and gun; Nay, some have outlived the doctor's pill: Who takes a woman must be undone, That basilisk is sure to kill. The fly that sips treacle is lost in the sweets, So he that tastes woman, woman, woman, He that tastes woman, ruin meets.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: The Beggar's Opera, 1728

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A Quote by John Gay on motherhood

Where yet was ever found a mother Who'd give her booby for another?

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Fables, pt. I, 1727, The Mother, the Nurse, and the Fairy

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A Quote by John Gay on fortune and life

Whoever heard a man of fortune in England talk of the necessaries of life? . . . Whether we can afford it or no, we must have superfluities.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Polly

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