John Gay

1685 - 1732

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 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 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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A Quote by John Gay on judgment and lawyers

The charge is prepar'd, the lawyers are met, The judges all ranged,-a terrible show!

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: The Beggar's Opera. Act iii. Sc. 2.

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A Quote by John Gay on happiness

How happy could I be with either, Were t'other dear charmer away!

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: The Beggar's Opera, 1728

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