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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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Let firm, well hammer'd soles protect thy feet Through freezing snows, and rains, and soaking sleet; Should the big last extend the shoe too wide, Each stone will wrench the unwary step aside; The sudden turn may stretch the swelling vein, The cracking joint unhinge, or ankle sprain; And when too short the modish shoes are worn, You'll judge the seasons by your shooting corn.

Shoemaking Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Trivia (bk. I, l. 33)

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Over the hills and far away.

Mountains Quotes, by John Gay , Source: The Beggar's Opera (act I, sc. 1)

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Excuse me, then! you know my heart; But dearest friends, alas! must part.

Parting Quotes, by John Gay , Source: The Hare and Many Friends (l. 61)

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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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We only part to meet again.

Parting Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Black-eyed Susan (st. 4)

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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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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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Now Cynthia, named fair regent of the night.

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

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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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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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I hate the man who builds his name On ruins of another's fame.

Slander Quotes, by John Gay , Source: The Poet and the Rose

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The careful insect 'midst his works I view, Now from the flowers exhaust the fragrant dew, With golden treasures load his little thighs, And steer his distant journey through the skies.

Bees Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Rural Sports (canto I, l. 82)

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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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