John Gay Quote
“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)
“Give me, kind Heaven, a private station,
A mind serene for contemplation:
Title and profit I resign;
The post of honour shall be mine.”
“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
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.