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71 Famous Quotes by John Gay
6/30/1685 - 12/4/1732
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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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Who hath not heard the rich complain Of surfeits, and corporeal pain? He barr'd from every use of wealth, Envies the ploughman's strength and health.

Wealth Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Fables--The Cookmaid, Turnspit, and Ox

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When if or chance or hunger's powerful sway Directs the roving trout this fatal way, He greedily sucks in the twining bait, And tugs and nibbles the fallacious meat. Now, happy fisherman; now twitch the line! How thy rod bends! behold, the prize is thine!

Fishing Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Rural Sports (canto I, l. 150)

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I never, with important air, In conversation overbear. . . . . My tongue within my lips I rein; For who talks much must talk in vain.

Conversation Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Fables (pt. I, introduction, l. 53)

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With thee conversing I forget the way.

Conversation Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Trivia (bk. II, l. 480)

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"Is there no hope?" the sick man said, The silent doctor shook his head, And took his leave with signs of sorrow, Despairing of his fee to-morrow.

Medicine Quotes, by John Gay , Source: The Sick Man and the Angel

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Nor love, not honour, wealth nor pow'r, Can give the heart a cheerful hour When health is lost. Be timely wise; With health all taste of pleasure flies.

Health Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Fables (pt. I, fable 31)

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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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My tongue within my lips I rein: For who talks much must talk in vain.

Talk Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Introduction to the Fables (pt. I, l. 57)

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What will not luxury taste? Earth, sea, and air, Are daily ransack'd for the bill of fare. Blood stuffed in skins is British Christians' food, And France robs marshes of the croaking brood.

Eating Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Trivia (bk. III, l. 199)

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How bless'd, how envied, were our life, Could we but scape the poulterer's knife! But man, curs'd man, on Turkeys preys, And Christmas shortens all our days: Sometimes with oysters we combine, Sometimes assist the savory chine; From the low peasant to the lord, The Turkey smokes on every board.

Christmas Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Fables (pt. I, fable 39)

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Envy's a sharper spur than pay: No author ever spar'd a brother; Wits are gamecocks to one another.

Envy Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Fables-The Elephant and the Bookseller (pt. I, fable 10, l. 74)

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Fools may our scorn, not envy, raise. For envy is a kind of praise.

Envy Quotes, by John Gay , Source: The Hound and the Huntsman

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Studious of elegance and ease.

Study Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Fables (pt. II, no. 8)

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For he as studious--of his ease.

Study Quotes, by John Gay , Source: Poems on Several Occasions (II, 49), (ed. 1752)

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The coquets of both sexes are self-lovers, and that is a love no other whatever can dispossess.

Flirtation Quotes, by John Gay

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Life is a jest; and all things show it. I thought so once; but now I know it.

Jest 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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Life is a jest; and all things show it. I thought so once; but now I know it.

Melancholy Quotes, by John Gay

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

Slander Quotes, by John Gay

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No retreat. No retreat. They must conquer or die who've no retreat.

Victory Quotes, by John Gay

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