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71 Famous Quotes by John Gay
6/30/1685 - 12/4/1732
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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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How many saucy airs we meet, From Temple Bar to Aldgate street!

Vanity Quotes, by John Gay , Source: The Barley-Mow and Dunghill (l. 1)

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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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Thus shadow owes its birth to light.

Shadows Quotes, by John Gay , Source: The Persian, Sun, and Cloud (l. 10)

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A justice with grave justices shall sit; He praise their wisdom, they admire his wit.

Judges Quotes, by John Gay , Source: The Birth of the Squire (l. 77)

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From wine what sudden friendship springs?

Wine and spirits Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Fables (pt. II, fable 6)

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In every rank, or great or small, 'Tis industry supports us all.

Work Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Man, Cat, Dog, and Fly (l. 63)

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Basically, I no longer work for anything but the sensation I have while working.

Work Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Man, Cat, Dog, and Fly (l. 63)

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All in the Downs are fleet was moor'd.

Navy Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Sweet William's Farewell to Black-Eyed Susan

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By outward show let's not be cheated; An ass should like an ass be treated.

Appearance Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Fables--The Packhorse and Carrier (pt. II, l. 99)

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Of all the fools that pride can boast, A Coxcomb claims distinction most.

Foppery Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Fables (pt. II, fable 5)

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My new straw hat that's trimly lin'd with green, Let Peggy wear.

Hatters Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Shepherd's Week--Friday (l. 125)

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

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

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"I cannot raise my worth too high; Of what vast consequence am I!" "Not of the importance you suppose," Replies a Flea upon his nose; "Be humble, learn thyself to scan; Know, pride was never made for man."

Fleas Quotes, by John Gay , Source: The Man and the Flea

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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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The fly that sips treacle is lost in the sweets.

Flies Quotes, by John Gay , Source: The Beggar's Opera (act II, sc. 2, l. 35)

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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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Brother, brother; we are both in the wrong.

Errors Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Beggar's Opera (act II, sc. 2)

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Brother, brother; we are both in the wrong.

Wrongs Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Beggar's Opera (act II, sc. 2)

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Lash'd into Latin by the tingling rod.

Linguists Quotes, by John Gay , Source: The Birth of the Squire (l. 46)

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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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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 rising blushes, which her cheek o'er-spread, Are opening roses in the lily's bed.

Blushes Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Dione (act II, sc. 3)

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

Honor Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Fables (pt. II, The Vulture, The Sparrow and other Birds)

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