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John Gay Quotes

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.

Cowards are cruel, but the brave love mercy and delight to save.

Follow love and it will flee, flee love and it will follow thee.

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

Gamesters and highwaymen are generally very good to their whores, but they are very devils to their wives.

I must have women - there is nothing unbends the mind like them.

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.

She who has never loved has never lived.

Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.

The brave love mercy, and delight to save.

The comfortable estate of widowhood is the only hope that keeps up a wife's spirits.

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.