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71 Famous Quotes by John Gay
6/30/1685 - 12/4/1732
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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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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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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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