John Gay

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’Tis a gross error, held in schools,, That Fortune always favours fools. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
’While there is life, there’s hope,’ he cried; ‘Then why such haste?’ so groaned and died. Miscellaneous
A Fox may steal your Hens, Sir, A Whore your Health and Pence, Sir, Your Daughter rob your Chest, Sir, Your Wife may steal your Rest, Sir. A Thief your Goods and Plate. But this is all but picking, With Rest, Pence, Chest and Chicken; It ever was decreed, Sir, If Lawyer's Hand is free'd, Sir, He steals your whole Estate. The Lawyers are bitter Enemies to those in our Way [thieves]. They don't care that any body should get a clandestine Livelihood but themselves. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
All Professions be-rogue one another: The Priest calls the Lawyer a Cheat, The Lawyer be-knaves the Divine: And the Statesman, because he's so great, Thinks his Trade as honest as mine. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Do you think your mother and I should have liv’d comfortably so long together, if ever we had been married? Families, Children & Parenting
Fools may our scorn, not envy raise, For envy is a kind of praise. Slogans & Mottoes
In every age and clime we see,, Two of a trade can ne’re agree. Human Nature
Lest men suspect your tale untrue, Keep probability in view. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Life is a jest; and all things show it., I thought so once; but now I know it. Slogans & Mottoes
No retreat. No retreat. They must conquer or die who’ve no retreat. Miscellaneous
No sir, tho’ I was born and bred in England, I can dare to be poor, which is the only thing now—a—days men are asham’d of. Poverty
She who has never loved has never lived. Slogans & Mottoes
We only part to meet again., Change, as ye list, ye winds; my heart shall be, The faithful compass that still points to thee. Religion & God
When you censure the Age, Be cautious and sage, Lest the Courtiers offended should be: If you mention Vice or Bribe, 'Tis so pat to all the Tribe ;, Each cries----That was levell'd at me. Miscellaneous
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.
An open foe may prove a curse, but a pretended friend is worse.
But his kiss was so sweet, and so closely he pressed, that I languished and pined till I granted the rest.
But money, wife, is the true Fuller's Earth for reputations, there is not a spot or a stain but what it can take out. Money, Coins & Minting
Cowards are cruel, but the brave love mercy and delight to save. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Follow love and it will flee, flee love and it will follow thee. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Fools may our scorn, not envy, raise. For envy is a kind of praise.
I must have women - there is nothing unbends the mind like them. Women
Lions, wolves, and vultures don't live together in herds, droves or flocks. Of all animals of prey, man is the only sociable one. Every one of us preys upon his neighbor, and yet we herd together.
No retreat. No retreat. They must conquer or die who've no retreat.
O Polly, you might have toyed and kissed, by keeping men off, you keep them on.
On the choice of friends, Our good or evil name depends.
Shadow owes its birth to light.
Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.
The brave love mercy, and delight to save. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The comfortable estate of widowhood is the only hope that keeps up a wife's spirits. Hope ;Families, Children & Parenting
There is no dependence that can be sure but a dependence upon one's self.
Those who in quarrels interpose, must often wipe a bloody nose.
We only part to meet again. Romantic
What then in love can woman do? If we grow fond they shun us. And when we fly them, they pursue: But leave us when they've won us. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex