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71 Famous Quotes by John Gay
6/30/1685 - 12/4/1732
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So comes a reck'ning when the banquet's o'er, The dreadful reckn'ning, and men smile no more.

Proverbs Quotes, by John Gay , Source: The What D'ye Call It (act II, sc. 9)

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If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.

Proverbs Quotes, by John Gay , Source: The What D'ye Call It (act II, sc. 9)

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What boots it on the lineal tree to trace Through many a branch the founders of our race.

Proverbs Quotes, by John Gay , Source: The What D'ye Call It (act II, sc. 9)

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Impartially their talents scan, Just education forms the man. - John Gay,

Education Quotes, by John Gay , Source: The Owl, Swan, Cock, Spider, Ass, and the Farmer--To a Mother (l. 9)

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What happiness the rural maid attends, In cheerful labour while each day she spends! She gratefully receives what Heav'n has sent, And, rich in poverty, enjoys content.

Content Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Rural Sports (canto II, l. 148)

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The brave Love mercy, and delight to save.

Bravery Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Fable--The Lion, Tiger and Traveller (l. 33)

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When rogues like these (a sparrow cries) To honours and employments rise, I court no favor, ask no place, For such preferment is disgrace.

Corruption Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Fables (pt. II, fable 2)

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A lost good name is ne'er retriev'd.

Reputation Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Fables--The Fox at the Point of Death (l. 46)

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To frame the little animal, provide All the gay hues that wait on female pride: Let Nature guide thee; sometimes golden wire The shining belles of the fly require; The peacock's plumes thy tackle must not fail, Nor the dear purchase of the sable's tail.

Peacocks Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Rural Sports (canto I, l. 177)

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Variety's the source of joy below, From whence still fresh-revolving pleasures flow, In books and love the mind one end pursues, And only change the expiring flames renews.

Variety Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Epistles--To Bernard Lintot, on a Miscellany of Poems

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Cowards are cruel, but the brave Love mercy, and delight to save.

Cowards Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Fables (pt. I, fable 1)

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That Raven on yon left-hand oak (Curse on his ill-betiding croak) Bodes me no good.

Ravens Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Fables--The Farmer's Wife and the Raven

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Now Cynthia, named fair regent of the night.

Moon Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Trivia (bk. III)

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Good housewives all the winter's rage despise, Defended by the riding-hood's disguise; Or, underneath the umbrella's oily shade, Safe through the wet on clinking pattens tread, Let Persian dames the unbrella's ribs display, To guard their beauties from the sunny ray; Or sweating slaves support the shady load, When eastern monarchs show their state abroad; Britain in winter only knows its aid, To guard from chilling showers the walking maid.

Umbrellas Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Trivia (bk. I, l. 209)

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

Quarrel Quotes, by John Gay

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There is no dependence that can be sure but a dependence upon one's self

Dependence Quotes, by John Gay

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In every age and clime we see, Two of a trade can ne'er agree.

Proverbs Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Fables--Rat-Catcher and Cats (l. 43)

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Who friendship with a knave hath made, Is judg'd a partner in the trade.

Proverbs Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Old Woman and Her Cats

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A man should be religious, not superstitious.

Proverbs Quotes, by John Gay , Source: The What D'ye Call It (act II, sc. 9)

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A woman scorn'd is pitiless as fate, For then the dread of shame adds stings to hate.

Proverbs Quotes, by John Gay , Source: The What D'ye Call It (act II, sc. 9)

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Originality provokes originality.

Proverbs Quotes, by John Gay , Source: The What D'ye Call It (act II, sc. 9)

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Learning by study must be won; 'Twas ne'er entail'd from son to son.

Learning Quotes, by John Gay , Source: The Pack Horse and Carrier (l. 41)

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In other men we faults may spy, And blame the mote that dims their eye; Each little speck and blemish find, To our own stronger errors blind.

Judgment Quotes, by John Gay , Source: The Turkey and the Ant (pt. I, l. 1)

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So comes a reck'ning when the banquet's o'er, The dreadful reckn'ning, and men smile no more.

Judgment Quotes, by John Gay , Source: The What D'ye Call It (act II, sc. 9)

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Why is the hearse with scutcheons blazon'd round, And with the nodding plume of ostrich crown'd? No; the dead know it not, nor profit gain; It only serves to prove the living vain.

Undertakers Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Trivia (bk. III, l. 231)

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