John Gay

1685 - 1732

A Quote by John Gay

If with me you'd fondly stray. Over the hills and far away.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: The Beggar's Opera. Act i. Sc. 1.

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A Quote by John Gay

Praising all alike is praising none.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Epistle to a Lady

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A Quote by John Gay on assumptions, ignorance, and pride

Pride is increased by ignorance; those assume the most who know the least.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

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A Quote by John Gay on men

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Lest men suspect your tale untrue, Keep probability in view.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: The Painter Who Pleased Nobody and Everybody.

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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

All in the Downs the fleet was moored.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Sweet William's Farewell to Black-eyed Susan, 1720

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A Quote by John Gay on friendship

An open foe may prove a curse, But a pretended friend is worse.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Fables

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A Quote by John Gay

Those who in quarrels interpose Must often wipe a bloody nose.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Fables, pt. I, 1727, The Mastics

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A Quote by John Gay on lawyers

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A fox may steal your hens, sir . . . . If lawyer's hand is fee'd, sir He steals your whole estate.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: The Beggar’s Opera

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