John Gay Quotes (173 quotes)
Plays (1772 edition)
The works of Mr. John Gay: In four volumes. To which is added an account of the life and writings of the author ... (1770 edition)
“Twas when the seas were roaring
With hollow blasts of wind,
A damsel lay deploring,
All on a rock reclined.”
The What D'ye Call It (1715), Act II, sc. viii.
“My lodging is on the cold ground,
And hard, very hard, is my fare,
But that which grieves me more
Is the coldness of my dear.”
My Lodging Is on the Cold Ground (1720), st. 1.
My Own Epitaph, inscribed on Gay's monument in Westminster Abbey; also quoted as I thought so once; but now I know it.
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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.
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“In relation to God, we are like a thief who has burgled the house of a kindly householder and been allowed to keep some of the gold. From the point of view of the lawful owner this gold is a gift; Form the point of view of the burglar it is a theft. He must go and give it back. It is the same with our existence. We have stolen a little of God's being to make it ours. God has made us a gift of it. But we have stolen it. We must return it.”