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    Praising all alike, is praising none.
    — John Gay
    Exercise thy lasting youth defends.
    — John Gay
    tags: youth  exercise 
     
    A Wolf eats sheep but now and then; Ten thousands are devour'd by men. An open foe may prove a curse, but a pretend friend is worse.
    — John Gay
    tags: men  friends 
     
    Music might tame and civilize wild beasts, but 'tis evident it never yet could tame and civilize musicians.
    — John Gay
    tags: wild  music 
     
    Of all the fools that pride can boast, A Coxcomb claims distinction most.
    — John Gay
    tags: pride  fools 
     
    A woman's friendship ever ends in love.
    — John Gay
    tags: friendship 
     
    How, like a moth, the simple maid Still plays around the flame!
    — John Gay
    Good housewives all the winter's rage despise, Defended by the riding-hood's disguise; Or, underneath the umbrella's oily shade, Safe through the wet on clinking pattens tread, Let Persian dames the unbrella's ribs display, To guard their beauties from the sunny ray; Or sweating slaves support the shady load, When eastern monarchs show their state abroad; Britain in winter only knows its aid, To guard from chilling showers the walking maid.
    — John Gay
    tags: beauty  winter 
     
    Some folks of cider make a routAnd cider's well enough no doubtWhen better liquors fail;But wine, that's richer, better still,Ev'n wine itself (deny't who will)Must yield to nappy ale
    — John Gay
    Can love be controll'd by advice?
    — John Gay
    In love we are all fools alike.
    — John Gay
    tags: fools 
     
    A man is always afraid of a woman that loves him too much
    — John Gay
    tags: men  women  afraid 
     
    Youth's the season made for joys, Love is then our duty.
    — John Gay
    tags: youth  joy 
     
    I know you lawyers can with ease, Twist words and meanings as you please; That language, by your skill made pliant, Will bend to favour every client; That 'tis the fee directs the sense, To make out either side's pretense.
    — John Gay
    tags: meaning  language 
     
    From kings to cobblers 'tis the same; Bad servants wound their masters' fame.
    — John Gay
    tags: master  bad  fame 
     
    Fair is the kingcup that in meadow blows, Fair is the daisy that beside her grows.
    — John Gay
    I hate the man who builds his name On ruins of another's fame. Thus prudes, by characters o'erthrown, Imagine that they raise their own. Thus Scribblers, covetous of praise, Think slander can transplant the bays.
    — John Gay
    tags: character  men  hate  fame  praise  imagine 
     
    One common fate we both must prove; You die with envy, I with love.
    — John Gay
    tags: fate  die  envy 
     
    And when a lady's in the case, You know, all other things give place.
    — 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
    tags: animals  men  live 
     
    You can only be called a hypocrite if you judge others first.
    — John Gay
    Cowards are cruel, but the brave love mercy and delight to save.
    — John Gay
    tags: mercy 
     
    Nor love, not honor, wealth nor power, can give the heart a cheerful hour when health is lost. Be timely wise; With health all taste of pleasure flies.
    — John Gay
    tags: health  heart  power  lost  pleasure  wealth  honor 
     
    Follow love and it will flee, flee love and it will follow thee.
    — John Gay
    Whoever heard a man of fortune in England talk of the necessaries of life? . . . Whether we can afford it or no, we must have superfluities.
    — John Gay
    tags: men  england 
     
    I must have women - there is nothing unbends the mind like them.
    — John Gay
    tags: women  mind 
     
    Variety's the source of joy below, From whence still fresh-revolving pleasures flow, In books and love the mind one end pursues, And only change the expiring flames renews.
    — John Gay
    tags: joy  pleasure  renew  mind  book 
     
    Gamesters and highwaymen are generally very good to their whores, but they are very devils to their wives.
    — John Gay
    tags: devil  wife 
     
    Man may escape from rope and gun; Nay, some have outlived the doctor's pill: Who takes a woman must be undone, That basilisk is sure to kill. The fly that sips treacle is lost in the sweets, So he that tastes woman, woman, woman, He that tastes woman, ruin meets.
    — John Gay
    tags: men  women  lost  doctor 
     
    What frenzy dictates, jealousy believes
    — John Gay
    tags: believe  jealousy 
     
    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
    tags: women 
     
    No retreat. No retreat. They must conquer or die who've no retreat.
    — John Gay
    tags: die 
     
    Do you think your mother and I should have lived comfortably so long together, if ever we had been married? Baggage!
    — John Gay
    tags: mother 
     
    Were I laid on Greenland's Coast, And in my Arms embrac'd my Lass; Warm amidst eternal Frost, Too soon the Half Year's Night would pass.
    — John Gay
    tags: night  year 
     
    The charge is prepared; the lawyers are met; The judges all ranged (a terrible show!) I go, undismay'd. For death is a debt, A debt on demand. So take what I owe.
    — John Gay
    tags: death 
     
    I cannot raise my worth too high; Of what vast consequence am I! "Not of the importance you suppose," Replies a Flea upon his nose; "Be humble, learn thyself to scan; Know, pride was never made for man.
    — John Gay
    tags: men  learn  pride  consequence  worth 
     
    Let firm, well hammer'd soles protect thy feet Through freezing snows, and rains, and soaking sleet; Should the big last extend the shoe too wide, Each stone will wrench the unwary step aside; The sudden turn may stretch the swelling vein, The cracking joint unhinge, or ankle sprain; And when too short the modish shoes are worn, You'll judge the seasons by your shooting corn.
    — John Gay
    tags: rain 
     
    One wife is too much for most husbands to bear, But two at a time there's no mortal can bear.
    — John Gay
    tags: time  wife 
     
    The sun was set; the night came on apace, And falling dews bewet around the place; The bat takes airy rounds on leathern wings, And the hoarse owl his woeful dirges sings.
    — John Gay
    tags: night  wings 
     
    If the heart of a man is depressed with cares, The mist is dispell'd when a woman appears; Like the notes of a fiddle, she sweetly, sweetly Raises the spirits, and charms our ears.
    — John Gay
    tags: men  women  heart  care  spirit  charm 
     
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