John Gay Quotes (173 quotes)
“Give me, kind Heaven, a private station,
A mind serene for contemplation:
Title and profit I resign;
The post of honour shall be mine.”
“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.”
Fable XVII, The Shepherd's Dog and the Wolf. - Fables (1727)
“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.”
"The Beggar's Opera". From: "Plays Written by Mr. John Gay" (1772), p. 114
“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.”
The Beggar's Opera (1728)
"Fables by the late Mr. Gay" (1777), p. 28, "Fable XVII"
“But his kiss was so sweet, and so closely he pressed, that I languished and pined till I granted the rest.”
The Beggar's Opera (1728), Act II, Scene I
Fables of Mr. John Gay (1789 edition)
We've Cheated the Parson (song), Polly: an Opera (1729), Air 46, Act II, sc. x.
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsJohn Gay
Born: June 30, 1685
Died: December 4, 1732 (aged 47)
Bio: John Gay was an English poet and dramatist and member of the Scriblerus Club. He is best remembered for The Beggar's Opera, a ballad opera. The characters, including Captain Macheath and Polly Peachum, became household names.