69 Total Quotes

John Gay Quotes

To cheat a man is nothing; but the woman must have fine parts, indeed, who cheats a woman
John Gay
#Cheating

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
#English Poet #Company

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

We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
John Gay
#American Writer #Religion

An open foe may prove a curse, but a pretended friend is worse.
John Gay
#English Poet #Curse

Employers are frustrated because there is so much paperwork and oftentimes you don't know if things are real or not.
John Gay
#Employer

Our defense is key to us right now. We've got to play good defense. That's our driving force.
John Gay
#Defense

No one likes employer sanctions,
John Gay
#Employer

In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one.
John Gay
#Heroes And Heroism #Hero

The fly that sips treacle is lost in the sweets.
John Gay
#Fly

Fill ev'ry glass, for wine inspires us, / And fires us / With courage, love and joy. / Women and wine should life employ. / Is there aught else on earth desirous?
John Gay
#Courage

In beauty, faults conspicuous grow; the smallest speck is seen on snow
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#Beauty

No retreat. No retreat. They must conquer or die who've no retreat.
John Gay
#English Poet

Our Polly is a sad slut! nor heeds what we have taught her. / I wonder any man alive will ever rear a daughter!
John Gay
#Man

You'd have an instant decade-long waiting line.
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#Decade

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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#Daughters

Shadow owes its birth to light.
John Gay
#English Poet

We only part to meet again.
John Gay
#English Poet #Goodbye

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

When we risk no contradiction, it prompts the tongue to deal in fiction
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#Risk

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

O ruddier than the cherry, / O sweeter than the berry, / O nymph more bright / Than moonshine night, / Like kidlings blithe and merry.
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#Night

What frenzy dictates, jealousy believes
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#Jealousy

Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.
John Gay
#English Poet