John Dryden

John Dryden

English poet and playwright

Lived from: 1631-1700

Category: Poets (Contemporary) | Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: John Dryden

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    He has not learned the first lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
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    All empire is no more than power in trust.
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    All heiresses are beautiful.
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    All objects lose by too familiar a view.
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    All things are subject to decay and when fate summons, monarchs must obey.
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    Be slow to resolve, but quick in performance.
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    Beware the fury of a patient man.
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    Bold knaves thrive without one grain of sense, but good men starve for want of impudence.

    Source: Epilogue to Constantine the Great

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    But love's a malady without cure.
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    Death, in itself, is nothing; but we fear, to be we know not what, we know not where
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    Drinking is the soldier's pleasure.
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    Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow; he who would search for pearls must dive below.
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    Far more numerous are those as such; who think to little and talk to much.
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    Fool that I was, upon my eagle's wings I bore this wren, till I was tired with soaring, and now he mounts above me.
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    For all have not the gift of martyrdom.
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