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John Gay Quotes

(1688-1732), British Playwright, Poet

Fill it up. I take as large draughts of liquor as I did of love. I hate a flincher in either.

Category: Alcohol And Alcoholism

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.

Category: Company

The brave love mercy, and delight to save.

Category: Courage

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

Category: Coward And Cowardice

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.

Category: Daughters

There is no dependence that can be sure but a dependence upon one's self.

Category: Dependence

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?

Category: Engagement

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

Category: Envy

We only part to meet again.

Category: Farewells

O Polly, you might have toyed and kissed, by keeping men off, you keep them on.

Category: Flirting

An open foe may prove a curse, but a pretended friend is worse.

Category: Friends And Friendship

Of all mechanics, of all servile handycrafts-men, a gamester is the vilest. But yet, as many of the quality are of the profession, he is admitted amongst the politest company.

Category: Gambling

Those who in quarrels interpose, must often wipe a bloody nose.

Category: Intervention

But his kiss was so sweet, and so closely he pressed, that I languished and pined till I granted the rest.

Category: Kisses And Kissing

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 fee d, Sir, he steals your whole estate.

Category: Law And Lawyers