John Gay

1685 - 1732

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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A Quote by John Gay

If with me you'd fondly stray. Over the hills and far away.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

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

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A Quote by John Gay

Praising all alike is praising none.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Epistle to a Lady

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A Quote by John Gay on assumptions, ignorance, and pride

Pride is increased by ignorance; those assume the most who know the least.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

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A Quote by John Gay on men

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Lest men suspect your tale untrue, Keep probability in view.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: The Painter Who Pleased Nobody and Everybody.

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A Quote by John Gay

Now Cynthia, named fair regent of the night.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Trivia, book iii.

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A Quote by John Gay

Adieu! she cries; and waved her lily hand.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Sweet William's Farewell to Black-eyed Susan, 1720

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A Quote by John Gay

All in the Downs the fleet was moored.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Sweet William's Farewell to Black-eyed Susan, 1720

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A Quote by John Gay on friendship

An open foe may prove a curse, But a pretended friend is worse.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Fables

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