John Gay Quotes

If love the virgin's heart invade, How, like a moth, the simple maid Still plays about the flame!
John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist, poet. Mrs. Peachum, in The Beggar's Opera, act 1, sc. 4, air 4 (1728), ed. F.W. Bateson (1934).
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Fill it up. I take as large draughts of liquor as I did of love. I hate a flincher in either.
John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist. Mrs. Trapes, in The Beggar's Opera, act 3, sc. 6.
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Life is a jest; and all things show it. I thought so once; but now I know it.
John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist, poet. My Own Epitaph (1720). Words inscribed on Gay's monument in Westminster Abbey.
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The comfortable estate of widowhood is the only hope that keeps up a wife's spirits.
John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist. Peachum, in The Beggar's Opera, act 1, sc. 10.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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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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. Peachum, in The Beggar's Opera, act 1, sc. 9.
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The comfortable estate of widowhood is the only hope that keeps up a wife's spirits.
John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist, poet. Peachum, in The Beggar's Opera, act 1, sc. 10 (1728), ed. F.W. Bateson (1934).
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