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John Gay
June 30, 1685 - December 4, 1732
Nationality: English
Category: Poet
Subcategory: English Poet

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


Shadow owes its birth to light.


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


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


The brave love mercy, and delight to save.


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


We only part to meet again.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


She who has never loved has never lived.


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


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