John Gay

1685 - 1732

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 on kiss and men

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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

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A Quote by John Gay on age, agreement, and trade

In every age and clime we see Two of a trade can never agree.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Fables, pt. I, 1727, The Rat-catcher and Cat

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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

Those who in quarrels interpose Must often wipe a bloody nose.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Fables, pt. I, 1727, The Mastics

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A Quote by John Gay on lawyers

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A fox may steal your hens, sir . . . . If lawyer's hand is fee'd, sir He steals your whole estate.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: The Beggar’s Opera

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A Quote by John Gay on life and thought

Life is a jest, and all things show it; I thought so once, but now I know it.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: My own Epitaph.

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A Quote by John Gay

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.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: My Lodging Is on the Cold Ground, 1720

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