John Gay

John Gay

British playwright and poet

Lived from: 1688-1732

Category: Poets (Contemporary) | Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: John Gay

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    A woman's friendship ever ends in love.
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    A rich rogue nowadays is fit company for any gentleman; and the world, my dear, hath not such a contempt for roguery as you imagine.
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    An open foe may prove a curse, but a pretended friend is worse.
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    But his kiss was so sweet, and so closely he pressed, that I languished and pined till I granted the rest.
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    Can Love be controll'd by advice?

    Source: The Beggur's Opera Act 1

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    Can you support the expense of a husband, hussy, in gaming, drinking and whoring? Have you money enough to carry on the daily quarrels of man and wife about who shall squander most?
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    Cowards are cruel, but the brave love mercy and delight to save.
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    Do you think your mother and I should have lived comfortably so long together, if ever we had been married? Baggage!
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    Envy is a kind of praise.

    Source: Fables

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    Fill it up. I take as large draughts of liquor as I did of love. I hate a flincher in either.
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    Fools may our scorn, not envy, raise. For envy is a kind of praise.
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    Gamesters and highwaymen are generally very good to their whores, but they are very devils to their wives.
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    He best can pity who has felt the woe.
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    How the mother is to be pitied who hath handsome daughters! Locks, bolts, bars, and lectures of morality are nothing to them: they break through them all. They have as much pleasure in cheating a father and mother, as in cheating at cards.
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    I know you lawyers can, with ease, I twist words and meanings as you please.

    Source: Fables

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