John Gay

(30 June 1685 – 4 December 1732 / Barnstaple, England)

John Gay Quotes

  • ''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 neighbour, and yet we herd together.''
    John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist. Lockit, in The Beggar's Opera, act 3, sc. 2.
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  • ''Sure men were born to lie, and women to believe them!''
    John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist. Lucy, in The Beggar's Opera, act 2, sc. 13.
  • ''I must have women—there is nothing unbends the mind like them.''
    John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist, poet. Macheath, in The Beggar's Opera, act 2, sc. 3 (1728), ed. F.W. Bateson (1934).
  • ''I must have women—there is nothing unbends the mind like them.''
    John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist. Macheath, in The Beggar's Opera, act 2, sc. 3.
  • ''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.''
    John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist. Matt of the Mint, in The Beggar's Opera, act 3, sc. 4.
  • ''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.''
    John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist. Mrs. Peachum, in The Beggar's Opera, act 1, sc. 8.
  • ''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 (1685-1732), British dramatist, poet. Peachum, in The Beggar's Opera, act 1, sc. 9 (1728), ed. F.W. Bateson (1934).
  • ''A rich rogue now-a-days is fit company for any gentleman; and the world, my dear, hath not such a contempt for roguery as you imagine.''
    John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist. Peachum, in The Beggar's Opera, act 1, sc. 9.
  • ''Gamesters and highwaymen are generally very good to their whores, but they are very devils to their wives.''
    John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist. Peachum, in The Beggar's Opera, act 1, sc. 4.
  • ''Do you think your mother and I should have lived comfortably so long together, if ever we had been married? Baggage!''
    John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist, poet. Peachum, in The Beggar's Opera, act 1, sc. 8 (1728), ed. F.W. Bateson (1934).

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Best Poem of John Gay

Fable L: The Hare And Many Friends

Friendship, as love, is but a name,
Save in a concentrated flame;
And thus, in friendships, who depend
On more than one, find not one friend.

A hare who, in a civil way,
Was not dissimilar to GAY,
Was well known never to offend,
And every creature was her friend.
As was her wont, at early dawn,
She issued to the dewy lawn;
When, from the wood and empty lair,
The cry of hounds fell on her ear.
She started at the frightful sounds,
And doubled to mislead the hounds;
Till, fainting with her beating heart,
She saw the horse, who fed apart.
'My ...

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Fable Xlii. The Juggler

A juggler long through all the town
Had raised his fortune and renown;
You'd think (so far his art transcends)
The devil at his fingers' ends.
Vice heard his fame, she read his bill;
Convinced of his inferior skill,
She sought his booth, and from the crowd
Defied the man of art aloud:
'Is this, then, he so famed for sleight?

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