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71 Famous Quotes by John Gay
6/30/1685 - 12/4/1732
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Originality provokes originality.

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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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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Fair is the kingcup that in meadow blows, Fair is the daisy that beside her grows.

Buttercups Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Shepherd's Week--Monday (l. 43)

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

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

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Reproachful speech from either side The want of argument supplied; They rail, reviled; as often ends The contests of disputing friends.

Argument Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Fables--Ravens--Sexton and Earth Worm (pt. II, l. 117)

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