John Gay

1685 - 1732

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 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 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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A Quote by John Gay on caring, depression, heart, and women

If the heart of a man is depressed with cares, The mist is dispelled when a woman appears.

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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