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
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
And when a lady's in the case, You know all other things give place.
Source: Fables, pt. I, 1727, The Hare and Many Friends
Whence is thy learning? Hath thy toil O'er books consumed the midnight oil?
Source: Fables, pt. I, 1727, The Shepherd and the Philosopher
From wine what sudden friendship springs!
Source: Fables, pt. II, 1738, The Squire and His Cur
If the heart of a man is depressed with cares, The mist is dispelled when a woman appears.
I hate the man who builds his name On ruins of another's fame.
Source: Fables, pt. I, 1727, The Poet and the Rose
Give me, kind Heaven, a private station, A mind serene for contemplation! Title and profit I resign; The pot of honour shall be mine.
Source: Fables, Part ii. The Vulture, the Sparrow, and other Birds.
When we risk no contradiction It prompts the tongue to deal in fiction.
Source: Fables, pt. I, 1727, The Elephant and the Bookseller
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