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John Gay
(1685-1732) born on
Jun 30
English poet, dramatist. He was known for "The Beggar's Opera," 1728, a work distinguished by good-humored satire and technical assurance.
         
   
F
Whence is thy learning? Hath thy toil
O'er books consumed the midnight oil?

R
Life is a jest; and all things show it. I thought so once; but now I know it.
A
When we risk no contradiction,
It prompts the tongue to deal in fiction.
N
Tis a gross error, held in schools,
That Fortune always favours fools.
K
I hate the man who builds his name on the ruins of another's fame.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Shorter Bartlett's Familiar Quotations," by John Bartlett, 1937, 1980, 1992.
R: "My Own Epitaph."
A: In "Shorter Bartlett's Familiar Quotations," by John Bartlett, 1937, 1980, 1992.
N: "Fables," II, xii, 119.
K: In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.
   


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