O Polly, you might have toyed and kissed By keeping men off, you keep them on.
John Gay (1685 - 1732)
Source: The Beggar's Opera, 1728
Contributed by: Zaady
In every age and clime we see Two of a trade can never agree.
Source: Fables, pt. I, 1727, The Rat-catcher and Cat
Shall ignorance of good and ill Dare to direct the eternal will? Seek virtue, and of that possest, To Providence resign the rest.
And when a lady's in the case, You know all other things give place.
Source: Fables, pt. I, 1727, The Hare and Many Friends
Whence is thy learning? Hath thy toil O'er books consumed the midnight oil?
Source: Fables, pt. I, 1727, The Shepherd and the Philosopher
From wine what sudden friendship springs!
Source: Fables, pt. II, 1738, The Squire and His Cur
Life is a jest, and all things show it; I thought so once, but now I know it.
Source: My own Epitaph.
My lodging is on the cold ground, And hard, very hard, is my fare, But that which grieves me more Is the coldness of my dear.
Source: My Lodging Is on the Cold Ground, 1720
If the heart of a man is depressed with cares, The mist is dispelled when a woman appears.
I hate the man who builds his name On ruins of another's fame.
Source: Fables, pt. I, 1727, The Poet and the Rose
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