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I hate the man who builds his name On ruins of another's fame.
—  John Gay
Pride is increased by ignorance; those assume the most who know the least.
—  John Gay
Youth's the season made for joys, Love is then our duty.
—  John Gay
And when a lady's in the case, You know all other things give place.
—  John Gay
'Twas when the seas were roaring With hollow blasts of wind, A damsel lay deploring All on a rock reclined.
—  John Gay
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.
—  John Gay
How happy could I be with either, Were t'other dear charmer away!
—  John Gay
When we risk no contradiction It prompts the tongue to deal in fiction.
—  John Gay
Where yet was ever found a mother Who'd give her booby for another?
—  John Gay
Whoever heard a man of fortune in England talk of the necessaries of life? ... Whether we can afford it or no, we must have superfluities.
—  John Gay
Those who in quarrels interpose Must often wipe a bloody nose.
—  John Gay
In every age and clime we see Two of a trade can never agree.
—  John Gay
Fill ev'ryglass, for wine inspires us, And fires us With courage, love and joy. Women and wine should life employ. Is there ought else on earth desirous?
—  John Gay
Whence is thy learning? Hath thy toil O'er books consumed the midnight oil?
—  John Gay

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