Quotes by John Gay

We only part to meet again.
- John Gay
Shadow owes its birth to light.
- John Gay
She who has never loved has never lived.
- John Gay
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The brave love mercy, and delight to save.
- John Gay
On the choice of friends, Our good or evil name depends.
- John Gay
An open foe may prove a curse, but a pretended friend is worse.
- John Gay
Those who in quarrels interpose, must often wipe a bloody nose.
- John Gay
Cowards are cruel, but the brave love mercy and delight to save.
- John Gay
Follow love and it will flee, flee love and it will follow thee.
- John Gay
I must have women - there is nothing unbends the mind like them.
- John Gay
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Fools may our scorn, not envy, raise. For envy is a kind of praise.
- John Gay
No retreat. No retreat. They must conquer or die who've no retreat.
- John Gay
Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.
- John Gay
There is no dependence that can be sure but a dependence upon one's self.
- John Gay
O Polly, you might have toyed and kissed, by keeping men off, you keep them on.
- John Gay
The comfortable estate of widowhood is the only hope that keeps up a wife's spirits.
- 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
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
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
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
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