John Gay

1685 - 1732

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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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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A Quote by John Gay on heaven, honor, kindness, mind, privacy, profit, resignation, and serenity

Give me, kind Heaven, a private station, A mind serene for contemplation! Title and profit I resign; The pot of honour shall be mine.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Fables, Part ii. The Vulture, the Sparrow, and other Birds.

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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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