Praising all alike is praising none.
John Gay (1685 - 1732)
Source: Epistle to a Lady
Contributed by: Zaady
Pride is increased by ignorance; those assume the most who know the least.
Lest men suspect your tale untrue, Keep probability in view.
Source: The Painter Who Pleased Nobody and Everybody.
O Polly, you might have toyed and kissed By keeping men off, you keep them on.
Source: The Beggar's Opera, 1728
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.
An open foe may prove a curse, But a pretended friend is worse.
Those who in quarrels interpose Must often wipe a bloody nose.
Source: Fables, pt. I, 1727, The Mastics
A fox may steal your hens, sir . . . . If lawyer's hand is fee'd, sir He steals your whole estate.
Source: The Beggar’s Opera
Life is a jest, and all things show it; I thought so once, but now I know it.
Source: My own Epitaph.
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