John Gay

1685 - 1732

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 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 fame

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I hate the man who builds his name On ruins of another's fame.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Fables, pt. I, 1727, The Poet and the Rose

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A Quote by John Gay on heaven, honor, kindness, mind, privacy, profit, resignation, and serenity

Give me, kind Heaven, a private station, A mind serene for contemplation! Title and profit I resign; The pot of honour shall be mine.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Fables, Part ii. The Vulture, the Sparrow, and other Birds.

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A Quote by John Gay on fiction and risk

When we risk no contradiction It prompts the tongue to deal in fiction.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Fables, pt. I, 1727, The Elephant and the Bookseller

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A Quote by John Gay on bravery, love, and mercy

The brave love mercy, and delight to save.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

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