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)
Contributed by: Zaady
If with me you'd fondly stray. Over the hills and far away.
Source: The Beggar's Opera. Act i. Sc. 1.
Praising all alike is praising none.
Source: Epistle to a Lady
Pride is increased by ignorance; those assume the most who know the least.
Lest men suspect your tale untrue, Keep probability in view.
Source: The Painter Who Pleased Nobody and Everybody.
O Polly, you might have toyed and kissed By keeping men off, you keep them on.
Source: The Beggar's Opera, 1728
Adieu! she cries; and waved her lily hand.
Source: Sweet William's Farewell to Black-eyed Susan, 1720
All in the Downs the fleet was moored.
An open foe may prove a curse, But a pretended friend is worse.
Those who in quarrels interpose Must often wipe a bloody nose.
Source: Fables, pt. I, 1727, The Mastics
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