Quotes by John Donne

John Donne

John Donne

English poet

Alive from: 1572-1632

Category: Poets (Contemporary)

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    No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.
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    Affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it.
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    And new Philosophy calls all in doubt, the element of fire is quite put out; the Sun is lost, and the earth, and no mans wit can well direct him where to look for it.
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    As he that fears God hears nothing else, so, he that sees God sees every thing else.
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    As virtuous men pass mildly away, and whisper to their souls to go, whilst some of their sad friends do say, the breath goes now, and some say no.
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    At most, the greatest persons are but great wens, and excrescences; men of wit and delightful conversation, but as morals for ornament, except they be so incorporated into the body of the world that they contribute something to the sustentation of the whole.
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    Be your own palace, or the world is your jail.
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    Busy old fool, unruly Sun, why dost thou thus through windows and through curtains call on us? Must to thy motions lovers seasons run?
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    But I do nothing upon myself, and yet I am my own executioner.
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    Come live with me, and be my love, And we will some new pleasures prove Of golden sands, and crystal brooks, With silken lines, and silver hooks.
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    Contemplative and bookish men must of necessity be more quarrelsome than others, because they contend not about matter of fact, nor can determine their controversies by any certain witnesses, nor judges. But as long as they go towards peace, that is Truth, it is no matter which way.
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    Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so. For, those, whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow. Die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
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    Despair is the damp of hell, as joy is the serenity of heaven.
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    Full nakedness! All my joys are due to thee, as souls unbodied, bodies unclothed must be, to taste whole joys.
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    God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice.
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