John Gay

1685 - 1732

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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A Quote by John Gay on bravery, love, and mercy

The brave love mercy, and delight to save.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

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A Quote by John Gay on judgment and lawyers

The charge is prepar'd, the lawyers are met, The judges all ranged,-a terrible show!

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: The Beggar's Opera. Act iii. Sc. 2.

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A Quote by John Gay on happiness

How happy could I be with either, Were t'other dear charmer away!

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: The Beggar's Opera, 1728

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A Quote by John Gay

Now Cynthia, named fair regent of the night.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Trivia, book iii.

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A Quote by John Gay

Adieu! she cries; and waved her lily hand.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

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

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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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