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John Dryden Quotes



Quotes by John Dryden - (67 quotes)

John Dryden - From the Aging category:

Reason is a crutch for age, but youth is strong enough to walk alone. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Aging category:

The most aggravating thing about the younger generation is that I no longer belong to it. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Ambition category:

Be nice to people on your way up because you might meet 'em on your way down. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Beauty category:

Beauty, like ice, our footing does betray; / Who can tread sure on the smooth, slippery way: / Pleased with the surface, we glide swiftly on, / And see the dangers that we cannot shun. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Beauty category:

When beauty fires the blood, how love exalts the mind! (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Belief category:

With how much ease believe we what we wish! (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Books category:

-on Shakespeare...
He was naturally learned; he needed not the spectacles of books to read nature; he looked inwards, and found her there. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Complaining category:

Light sufferings give us leisure to complain. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Copying category:

But Shakespeare's magic could not copied be; / Within that circle none durst walk but he. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Courage category:

Boldness is a mask for fear, however great. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Criticism category:

Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well; the chiefest part of which is to observe those excellencies which delight a reasonable reader. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Critics category:

Those who write ill, and they who ne'er durst write, / Turn critics out of mere revenge and spite. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Destiny category:

Love is not in our choice but in our fate. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Dreams category:

Dreams are but interludes, which fancy makes; When monarch reason sleeps, this mimic wakes. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Drunkenness category:

The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Eccentricity category:

There is a pleasure in being mad which none but madmen know. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Education category:

By education most have been misled. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Education category:

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Excellence category:

Errors like straws upon the surface flow: / Who would search for pearls must dive below. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Expression category:

If you be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams - the more they are condensed the deeper they burn. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Fame category:

Maintain your post: That's all the fame you need... (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Fear category:

He has not learned the first lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Fear category:

Whistling to keep myself from being afraid. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Friendship category:

For friendship, of itself a holy tie, / Is made more sacred by adversity. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Genius category:

Time, place, and action may with pains be wrought, / Genius must be born, and never can be taught. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Goodness category:

They say everything in the world is good for something. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Grace category:

Let grace and goodness be the principal loadstone of thy affections. For love which hath ends, will have an end; whereas that which is founded on true virtue, will always continue. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Greatness category:

Great wits are sure to madness near alli'd, / And thin partitions do their bounds divide. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Habit category:

We first make our habits, and then our habits make us. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Habit category:

Ill habits gather unseen degrees, as brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Happiness category:

Happy the man, and happy he alone, / He who can call today his own: / He who, secure within, can say, / Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Happiness category:

Only man clogs his happiness with care, destroying what is with thoughts of what may be. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Health category:

Shame on the body for breaking down while the spirit perseveres. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Hope category:

When I consider life, 'tis all a cheat yet, fool'd by hope, men favour the deceit. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Intellect category:

But far more numberous was the herd of such / Who think too little and who talk to much. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Jealousy category:

Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Joy category:

Seek not to know what must not be revealed, for joy only flows where fate is most concealed. A busy person would find their sorrows much more, if future fortunes were known before! (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Life category:

To die is landing on some distant shore. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Light category:

The glorious lamp of heaven, the radiant sun, / Is Nature's eye. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Love category:

And love's the noblest frailty of the mind. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Mistakes category:

Errors like straws upon the surface flow: Who would search for pearls must dive below. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Money category:

Go miser go, for money sell your soul. Trade wares for wares and trudge from pole to pole. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Movement category:

Dancing is the poetry of the foot. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Music category:

Music is inarticulate poesy. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Music category:

What passion cannot Music raise and quell? (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Nature category:

By viewing Nature, Nature's handmaid, art, / Makes mighty things from small beginnings grow. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Nature category:

Chaucer followed Nature everywhere, but was never so bold to go beyond her. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Order category:

Order is the greatest grace. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Patience category:

Possess your soul with patience. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Patriotism category:

He made all countries where he came his own. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Pleasure category:

Pains of love be sweeter far than all other pleasures are. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Pleasure category:

Rich the treasure, Sweet the pleasure, Sweet is pleasure after pain. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Possessions category:

And plenty makes us poor. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Possibilities category:

I strongly wish for what I faintly hope; like the daydreams of melancholy men, / I think and think in things impossible, yet love to wander in that golden maze. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Power category:

Not heaven itself upon the past has power; But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Relaxation category:

A very merry, dancing, drinking, / Laughing, quaffing, and unthinking time. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Rewards category:

Love is love's reward. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Seeing category:

You see through love, and that deludes your sight, / As what is straight seems crooked through the water. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Silence category:

But far more numerous was the herd of such, / Who think too little, and who talk too much. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Subject category:

All objects lose by too familiar a view. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Trust category:

Better shun the bait, than struggle in the snare. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Truth category:

For truth has such a face and such a mien, as to be loved needs only to be seen. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Tyranny category:

Of all the tyrannies on human kind / The worst is that which persecutes the mind. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Understanding category:

If by the people you understand the multitude, the hoi polloi, 'tis no matter what they think; they are sometimes in the right, sometimes in the wrong; their judgement is a mere lottery. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Winning category:

If all the world be worth thy winning. / Think, oh think it worth enjoying: / Lovely Tha´s sits beside thee, / Take the good the gods provide thee. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Words category:

Words are but pictures of our thoughts. (John Dryden)

John Dryden - From the Words category:

When he spoke, what tender words he used! So softly, that like flakes of feathered snow, / They melted as they fell. (John Dryden)