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John Gay

John Gay (30 June 1685 - 4 December 1732) was an English poet and dramatist. He is best remembered for The Beggar's Opera (1728), set to music by Johann Christoph Pepusch. The characters, including Captain Macheath and Polly Peachum, became household names.
Found 24 thoughts of John Gay

We only part to meet again.

John Gay

In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one.

John Gay

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

John Gay

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

John Gay

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.

John Gay

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

John Gay

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

John Gay

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.

John Gay

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

John Gay

Shadow owes its birth to light.

John Gay

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

John Gay

She who has never loved has never lived.

John Gay

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

John Gay

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

John Gay

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

John Gay

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

John Gay

The brave love mercy, and delight to save.

John Gay

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.

John Gay

On the choice of friends, Our good or evil name depends.

John Gay

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

John Gay

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

John Gay

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

John Gay

Do you think your mother and I should have lived comfortably so long together, if ever we had been married? Baggage!

John Gay

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.

John Gay