John Gay
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"John Gay" was an English people/English poet and dramatist and member of the Scriblerus Club. He is best remembered for The Beggar's Opera (1728), a ballad opera. The characters, including Captain Macheath and Polly Peachum, became household names.

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In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one.

There is no dependence that can be sure but a dependence upon one's self.

By ignorance is pride increased; Those most assume who know the least.

We only part to meet again. / Change, as ye list, ye winds; my heart shall be / The faithful compass that still points to thee.

Cowards are cruel, but the brave Love mercy, and delight to save.

But his kiss was so sweet, and so closely he pressed, that I languished and pined till I granted the rest.

An open foe may prove a curse, but a pretended friend is worse.

If the heart of a man is depressed with cares, the mist is dispelled when a woman appears.

The comfortable estate of widowhood is the only hope that keeps up a wife's spirits.