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Wikipedia Summary for John Dryden

John Dryden (19 August [O.S. 9 August] 1631 – 12 May [O.S. 1 May] 1700) was an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who was appointed England's first Poet Laureate in 1668.

He is seen as dominating the literary life of Restoration England to such a point that the period came to be known in literary circles as the Age of Dryden. Romanticist writer Sir Walter Scott called him "Glorious John".

Quote: She feared no danger, for she knew no sin. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

She feared no danger, for she knew no sin.


Quote: And to explain what your forefathers meant, By real presence in the sacrament, After long fencing pushed against a wall, Your salvo comes, that he's not there at all:. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

And to explain what your forefathers meant, By real presence in the sacrament, After long fencing pushed against a wall, Your salvo comes, that he's not there at all:.


Quote: All empire is no more than power in trust. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

All empire is no more than power in trust.


Quote: A mob is the scum that rises up most when the nation boils. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

A mob is the scum that rises up most when the nation boils.


Quote: Interest makes all seem reason that leads to it. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Interest makes all seem reason that leads to it.


Quote: The elephant is never won by anger; nor must that man who would reclaim a lion take him by the teeth. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The elephant is never won by anger; nor must that man who would reclaim a lion take him by the teeth.


Quote: Some sprinkled freckles on his face were seen, Whose dusk set off the whiteness of the skin. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Some sprinkled freckles on his face were seen, Whose dusk set off the whiteness of the skin.


Quote: And that the Scriptures, though not everywhere Free from corruption, or entire, or clear, Are uncorrupt, sufficient, clear, entire In all things which our needful faith require. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

And that the Scriptures, though not everywhere Free from corruption, or entire, or clear, Are uncorrupt, sufficient, clear, entire In all things which our needful faith require.


Quote: Such subtle covenants shall be made, 'til peace itself is war in masquerade. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Such subtle covenants shall be made, 'til peace itself is war in masquerade.


Quote: The commendation of adversaries is the greatest triumph of a writer, because it never comes unless extorted. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The commendation of adversaries is the greatest triumph of a writer, because it never comes unless extorted.


Quote: Dreams are but interludes which fancy makes. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Dreams are but interludes which fancy makes.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Dreams are but interludes that fancy makes...

Sometimes forgotten things, long cast behind

Rush forward in the brain, and come to mind.


Quote: War is the trade of Kings. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

War is the trade of Kings.


Quote: A double noose thou on thy neck dost pull
For writing treason and for writing dull. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

A double noose thou on thy neck dost pull
For writing treason and for writing dull.


Quote: As long as words a different sense will bear,
And each may be his own interpreter,
Our airy faith will no foundation find;
The word's a weathercock for every wind. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

As long as words a different sense will bear,
And each may be his own interpreter,
Our airy faith will no foundation find;
The word's a weathercock for every wind.


Quote: Wit is not fed, but sharpened with applause; For wealth is solid food, and wit but hungry sauce. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Wit is not fed, but sharpened with applause; For wealth is solid food, and wit but hungry sauce.


Quote: All delays are dangerous in war. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

All delays are dangerous in war.


Quote: If you are for a merry jaunt I will try for once who can foot it farthest. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

If you are for a merry jaunt I will try for once who can foot it farthest.


Quote: For truth has such a face and such a mien
As to be loved needs only to be seen. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

For truth has such a face and such a mien
As to be loved needs only to be seen.


Quote: I never saw any good that came of telling truth. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

I never saw any good that came of telling truth.


Quote: Thus trees of nature, and each common bush,
Uncultivated thrive, and with red berries blush;
Vile shrubs are shorn for browse; the tow'ring height,
Of unctuous trees are torches for the night.
And shall we doubt (indulging easy sloth)
To sow, to set, and to reform their growth? by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of John Dryden quote; white text on black background

Thus trees of nature, and each common bush,
Uncultivated thrive, and with red berries blush;
Vile shrubs are shorn for browse; the tow'ring height,
Of unctuous trees are torches for the night.
And shall we doubt (indulging easy sloth)
To sow, to set, and to reform their growth?


Quote: He trudg'd along, unknowing what he sought,
And whistled as he went, for want of thought. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

He trudg'd along, unknowing what he sought,
And whistled as he went, for want of thought.


Quote: Our souls sit close and silently within,
And their own web from their own entrails spin;
And when eyes meet far off, our sense is such,
That, spider like, we feel the tenderest touch. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Our souls sit close and silently within,
And their own web from their own entrails spin;
And when eyes meet far off, our sense is such,
That, spider like, we feel the tenderest touch.


Quote: A fiery soul, which, working out its way,
Fretted the pygmy-body to decay,
And o'er-inform'd the tenement of clay. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

A fiery soul, which, working out its way,
Fretted the pygmy-body to decay,
And o'er-inform'd the tenement of clay.


Quote: A horrid stillness first invades the ear,
And in that silence we the tempest fear. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

A horrid stillness first invades the ear,
And in that silence we the tempest fear.


Quote: The end of satire is the amendment of vices by correction; and he who writes honestly is no more an enemy to the offender than the physician to the patient when he prescribed harsh remedies. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The end of satire is the amendment of vices by correction; and he who writes honestly is no more an enemy to the offender than the physician to the patient when he prescribed harsh remedies.


Quote: O gracious God! how far have we
Profaned thy heavenly gift of poesy! by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

O gracious God! how far have we
Profaned thy heavenly gift of poesy!


Quote: I saw myself the lambent easy light
Gild the brown horror, and dispel the night. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

I saw myself the lambent easy light
Gild the brown horror, and dispel the night.


Quote: Of all the tyrannies on human kind
The worst is that which persecutes the mind. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Of all the tyrannies on human kind
The worst is that which persecutes the mind.


Quote: Some truth there was, but dash'd and brew'd with lies,
To please the fools, and puzzle all the wise. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Some truth there was, but dash'd and brew'd with lies,
To please the fools, and puzzle all the wise.


Quote: Love is a passion which kindles honor into noble acts. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of man in gray sweater carrying woman in black jacket

Love is a passion which kindles honor into noble acts.


Quote: To flattering lightning our feign'd smiles conform,
Which, back'd with thunder, do but gild a storm. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

To flattering lightning our feign'd smiles conform,
Which, back'd with thunder, do but gild a storm.


Quote: When I consider Life, 'tis all a cheat;
Yet, fooled with hope, men favour the deceit;
Trust on, and think to-morrow will repay:
To-morrow's falser than the former day;
Lies worse; and while it says, we shall be blest
With some new joys, cuts off what we possessed. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

When I consider Life, 'tis all a cheat;
Yet, fooled with hope, men favour the deceit;
Trust on, and think to-morrow will repay:
To-morrow's falser than the former day;
Lies worse; and while it says, we shall be blest
With some new joys, cuts off what we possessed.


Quote: It is a good thing to laugh, at any rate; and if a straw can tickle a man, it is an instrument of happiness. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

It is a good thing to laugh, at any rate; and if a straw can tickle a man, it is an instrument of happiness.


Quote: Every language is so full of its own proprieties that what is beautiful in one is often barbarous, nay, sometimes nonsense, in another. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Every language is so full of its own proprieties that what is beautiful in one is often barbarous, nay, sometimes nonsense, in another.


Quote: And kind as kings upon their coronation day. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

And kind as kings upon their coronation day.


Quote: For present joys are more to flesh and blood

																	Than a dull prospect of a distant good. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

For present joys are more to flesh and blood

Than a dull prospect of a distant good.


Quote: Jealousy is like a polished glass held to the lips when life is in doubt; if there be breath, it will catch the damp and show it. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Jealousy is like a polished glass held to the lips when life is in doubt; if there be breath, it will catch the damp and show it.


Quote: Jealousy, the jaundice of the soul. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Jealousy, the jaundice of the soul.


Quote: How happy in his low degree,
How rich in humble poverty, is he,
Who leads a quiet country life;
Discharged of business, void of strife. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

How happy in his low degree,
How rich in humble poverty, is he,
Who leads a quiet country life;
Discharged of business, void of strife.


Quote: Ill habits gather by unseen degrees -- 

																As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Ill habits gather by unseen degrees --

As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.


Quote: Secret guilt by silence is betrayed. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Secret guilt by silence is betrayed.


Quote: While I am compassed round 

																																	With mirth, my soul lies hid in shades of grief,

																																	Whence, like the bird of night, with half-shut eyes, 

																																	She peeps, and sickens at the sight of day. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of John Dryden quote; white text on black background

While I am compassed round

With mirth, my soul lies hid in shades of grief,

Whence, like the bird of night, with half-shut eyes,

She peeps, and sickens at the sight of day.


Quote: I am as free as Nature first made man,

																Ere the base laws of servitude began,

																When wild in woods the noble savage ran. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

I am as free as Nature first made man,

Ere the base laws of servitude began,

When wild in woods the noble savage ran.


Quote: And threat'ning France, plac'd like a painted Jove,
Kept idle thunder in his lifted hand. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

And threat'ning France, plac'd like a painted Jove,
Kept idle thunder in his lifted hand.


Quote: Let Fortune empty her whole quiver on me,

															I have a soul that, like an ample shield,

															Can take in all, and verge enough for more....

															Fate was not mine, nor am I Fate's....

															Souls know no conquerors. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Let Fortune empty her whole quiver on me,

I have a soul that, like an ample shield,

Can take in all, and verge enough for more....

Fate was not mine, nor am I Fate's....

Souls know no conquerors.


Quote: The Fates but only spin the coarser clue;

																The finest of the wool is left for you. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The Fates but only spin the coarser clue;

The finest of the wool is left for you.


Quote: All human things are subject to decay,

																And, when fate summons, monarchs must obey. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

All human things are subject to decay,

And, when fate summons, monarchs must obey.


Quote: Man makes his fate according to his mind:

															The weak, low spirit Fortune makes her slave:

															But she's a drudge when hector'd by the brave.

															If Fate weave common thread, I'll change the doom,

															And with new purple weave a nobler loom. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of John Dryden quote: Man makes his fate according to his mind:

															The weak, low spirit Fortune makes her slave:

															But she's a drudge when hector'd by the brave.

															If Fate weave common thread, I'll change the doom,

															And with new purple weave a nobler loom.- black text on quotes background

Man makes his fate according to his mind:

The weak, low spirit Fortune makes her slave:

But she's a drudge when hector'd by the brave.

If Fate weave common thread, I'll change the doom,

And with new purple weave a nobler loom.




Quote: But God has wisely hid from human sight

															The dark decrees of future fate,

															And sown their seeds in depth of night. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

But God has wisely hid from human sight

The dark decrees of future fate,

And sown their seeds in depth of night.


Quote: Fate and the dooming gods are deaf to tears. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Fate and the dooming gods are deaf to tears.


Quote: How easy 'tis, when destiny proves kind,

															With full-spread sails to run before the wind;

															But they who 'gainst stiff gales laveering go,

															Must be at once resolved and skilful too. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

How easy 'tis, when destiny proves kind,

With full-spread sails to run before the wind;

But they who 'gainst stiff gales laveering go,

Must be at once resolved and skilful too.


Quote: Fame then was cheap, and the first comer sped; 

																	And they have kept it since by being dead. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Fame then was cheap, and the first comer sped;

And they have kept it since by being dead.


Quote: Better to hunt in fields, for health unbought,
Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught.
The wise, for cure, on exercise depend;
God never made his work for man to mend. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Better to hunt in fields, for health unbought,
Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught.
The wise, for cure, on exercise depend;
God never made his work for man to mend.


Quote: Death, in itself, is nothing; but we fear,
To be we know not what, we know not where. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Death, in itself, is nothing; but we fear,
To be we know not what, we know not where.


Quote: The world's an inn, and death the journey's end. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The world's an inn, and death the journey's end.


Quote: A daring pilot in extremity;
Pleas'd with the danger, when the waves went high
He sought the storms. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

A daring pilot in extremity;
Pleas'd with the danger, when the waves went high
He sought the storms.


Quote: They would leave out the words, and fall to dancing.

																The poetry of the foot takes most of late. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

They would leave out the words, and fall to dancing.

The poetry of the foot takes most of late.


Quote: That's the common fate of your Machiavellians; they draw their designs so subtle that their very fineness breaks them. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

That's the common fate of your Machiavellians; they draw their designs so subtle that their very fineness breaks them.


Quote: We are naturally displeased with an unknown critic, as the ladies are with a lampooner, because we are bitten in the dark, and know not where to fasten our revenge. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

We are naturally displeased with an unknown critic, as the ladies are with a lampooner, because we are bitten in the dark, and know not where to fasten our revenge.


Quote: What flocks of critics hover here to-day,

													   As vultures wait on armies for their prey,

													   All gaping for the carcass of a play!

													   With croaking notes they bode some dire event,

													   And follow dying poets by the scent. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of John Dryden quote; white text on black background

What flocks of critics hover here to-day,

As vultures wait on armies for their prey,

All gaping for the carcass of a play!

With croaking notes they bode some dire event,

And follow dying poets by the scent.


Quote: The passion you pretended
Was only to obtain;
But when the charm is ended,
The charmer you disdain. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The passion you pretended
Was only to obtain;
But when the charm is ended,
The charmer you disdain.


Quote: The bride,
Lovely herself, and lovely by her side
A bevy of bright nymphs, with sober grace,
Came glitt'ring like a star, and took her place:
Her heav'nly form beheld, all wish'd her joy;
And little wanted, but in vain, their wishes all employ. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The bride,
Lovely herself, and lovely by her side
A bevy of bright nymphs, with sober grace,
Came glitt'ring like a star, and took her place:
Her heav'nly form beheld, all wish'd her joy;
And little wanted, but in vain, their wishes all employ.


Quote: Like a led Victim, to my Death I'll go,
And, dying, bless the Hand that gave the Blow. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Like a led Victim, to my Death I'll go,
And, dying, bless the Hand that gave the Blow.


Quote: When beauty fires the blood, how love exalts the mind! by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

When beauty fires the blood, how love exalts the mind!


Quote: Old as I am, for ladies' love unfit,

																The power of beauty I remember yet. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Old as I am, for ladies' love unfit,

The power of beauty I remember yet.


Quote: Aurora had but newly chased the night,
And purpled o'er the sky with blushing light. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Aurora had but newly chased the night,
And purpled o'er the sky with blushing light.


Quote: So when the last and dreadful hour
This crumbling pageant shall devour,
The trumpet shall be heard on high,
The dead shall live, the living die,
And Music shall untune the sky. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

So when the last and dreadful hour
This crumbling pageant shall devour,
The trumpet shall be heard on high,
The dead shall live, the living die,
And Music shall untune the sky.


Quote: Do as your great progenitors have done,
And, by their virtues, prove yourself their son. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Do as your great progenitors have done,
And, by their virtues, prove yourself their son.


Quote: Bacchus ever fair and young, Drinking joys did first ordain. Bachus's blessings are a treasure, Drinking is the soldier's pleasure, Rich the treasure, Sweet the pleasure -- Sweet is pleasure after pain. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Bacchus ever fair and young, Drinking joys did first ordain. Bachus's blessings are a treasure, Drinking is the soldier's pleasure, Rich the treasure, Sweet the pleasure -- Sweet is pleasure after pain.


Quote: Refin'd himself to Soul, to curb the Sense;
And made almost a Sin of Abstinence. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Refin'd himself to Soul, to curb the Sense;
And made almost a Sin of Abstinence.


Quote: Love reckons hours for months, and days for years;
And every little absence is an age. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Love reckons hours for months, and days for years;
And every little absence is an age.


Quote: Thoughts cannot form themselves in words so horrid As can express my guilt. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Thoughts cannot form themselves in words so horrid As can express my guilt.


Quote: My hands are guilty, but my heart is free. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

My hands are guilty, but my heart is free.


Quote: Woman's honor is nice as ermine; it will not bear a soil. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Woman's honor is nice as ermine; it will not bear a soil.


Quote: Pity melts the mind to love. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Pity melts the mind to love.


Quote: Men's virtues I have commended as freely as I have taxed their crimes. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Men's virtues I have commended as freely as I have taxed their crimes.


Quote: Better shun the bait, than struggle in the snare. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Better shun the bait, than struggle in the snare.


Quote: The thought of being nothing after death is a burden insupportable to a virtuous man. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The thought of being nothing after death is a burden insupportable to a virtuous man.


Quote: When we view elevated ideas of Nature, the result of that view is admiration, which is always the cause of pleasure. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

When we view elevated ideas of Nature, the result of that view is admiration, which is always the cause of pleasure.




Quote: He who proposes to be an author should first be a student. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

He who proposes to be an author should first be a student.


Quote: All authors to their own defects are blind. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

All authors to their own defects are blind.


Quote: The unhappy man, who once has trail'd a pen, Lives not to please himself, but other men; Is always drudging, wastes his life and blood, Yet only eats and drinks what you think good. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The unhappy man, who once has trail'd a pen, Lives not to please himself, but other men; Is always drudging, wastes his life and blood, Yet only eats and drinks what you think good.


Quote: All, as they say, that glitters is not gold. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

All, as they say, that glitters is not gold.


Quote: More liberty begets desire of more; The hunger still increases with the store. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

More liberty begets desire of more; The hunger still increases with the store.


Quote: They, who would combat general authority with particular opinion, must first establish themselves a reputation of understanding better than other men. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

They, who would combat general authority with particular opinion, must first establish themselves a reputation of understanding better than other men.


Quote: Uncertain whose the narrowest span, -- the clown unread, or half-read gentleman. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Uncertain whose the narrowest span, -- the clown unread, or half-read gentleman.


Quote: A man is to be cheated into passion, but to be reasoned into truth. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

A man is to be cheated into passion, but to be reasoned into truth.


Quote: At home the hateful names of parties cease, And factious souls are wearied into peace. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

At home the hateful names of parties cease, And factious souls are wearied into peace.


Quote: Let cheerfulness on happy fortune wait. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Let cheerfulness on happy fortune wait.


Quote: Truth is the foundation of all knowledge and the cement of all societies. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Truth is the foundation of all knowledge and the cement of all societies.


Quote: Light sufferings give us leisure to complain. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Light sufferings give us leisure to complain.


Quote: Ever a glutton, at another's cost, But in whose kitchen dwells perpetual frost. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Ever a glutton, at another's cost, But in whose kitchen dwells perpetual frost.


Quote: Nature meant me 

A wife, a silly, harmless, household dove, 

Fond without art, and kind without deceit. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Nature meant me

A wife, a silly, harmless, household dove,

Fond without art, and kind without deceit.


Quote: Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow; 
He who would search for pearls, must dive below. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow;
He who would search for pearls, must dive below.


Quote: Those who write ill, and they who ne'er durst write,

Turn critics out of mere revenge and spite. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Those who write ill, and they who ne'er durst write,

Turn critics out of mere revenge and spite.


Quote: None, none descends into himself, to find

The secret imperfections of his mind:

But every one is eagle-ey'd to see

Another's faults, and his deformity. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

None, none descends into himself, to find

The secret imperfections of his mind:

But every one is eagle-ey'd to see

Another's faults, and his deformity.


Quote: Keen appetite And quick digestion wait on you and yours. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Keen appetite And quick digestion wait on you and yours.


Quote: Maintain your post: That's all the fame you need; For 'tis impossible you should proceed. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Maintain your post: That's all the fame you need; For 'tis impossible you should proceed.


Quote: Here lies my wife: here let her lie! Now she's at rest, and so am I. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Here lies my wife: here let her lie! Now she's at rest, and so am I.


Quote: My heart's so full of joy, That I shall do some wild extravagance Of love in public; and the foolish world, Which knows not tenderness, will think me mad. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

My heart's so full of joy, That I shall do some wild extravagance Of love in public; and the foolish world, Which knows not tenderness, will think me mad.


Quote: Railing and praising were his usual themes; and both showed his judgment in extremes. Either over violent or over civil, so everyone to him was either god or devil. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Railing and praising were his usual themes; and both showed his judgment in extremes. Either over violent or over civil, so everyone to him was either god or devil.


Quote: So over violent, or over civil that every man with him was God or Devil. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

So over violent, or over civil that every man with him was God or Devil.


Quote: To die for faction is a common evil, But to be hanged for nonsense is the devil. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

To die for faction is a common evil, But to be hanged for nonsense is the devil.


Quote: Trust reposed in noble natures obliges them the more. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Trust reposed in noble natures obliges them the more.


Quote: One cannot say he wanted wit, but rather that he was frugal of it. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

One cannot say he wanted wit, but rather that he was frugal of it.


Quote: Must I at length the Sword of Justice draw?
Oh curst Effects of necessary Law!
How ill my Fear they by my Mercy scan,
Beware the Fury of a Patient Man. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Must I at length the Sword of Justice draw?
Oh curst Effects of necessary Law!
How ill my Fear they by my Mercy scan,
Beware the Fury of a Patient Man.


Quote: That gloomy outside, like a rusty chest, contains the shoring treasure of a soul resolved and brave. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

That gloomy outside, like a rusty chest, contains the shoring treasure of a soul resolved and brave.


Quote: My whole life Has been a golden dream of love and friendship. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

My whole life Has been a golden dream of love and friendship.


Quote: The secret pleasure of a generous act Is the great mind's great bribe. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The secret pleasure of a generous act Is the great mind's great bribe.


Quote: These are the effects of doting age, -- vain doubts and idle cares and over caution. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

These are the effects of doting age, -- vain doubts and idle cares and over caution.


Quote: Imitation pleases, because it affords matter for inquiring into the truth or falsehood of imitation, by comparing its likeness or unlikeness with the original. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Imitation pleases, because it affords matter for inquiring into the truth or falsehood of imitation, by comparing its likeness or unlikeness with the original.


Quote: If the faults of men in orders are only to be judged among themselves, they are all in some sort parties; for, since they say the honour of their order is concerned in every member of it, how can we be sure that they will be impartial judges? by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

If the faults of men in orders are only to be judged among themselves, they are all in some sort parties; for, since they say the honour of their order is concerned in every member of it, how can we be sure that they will be impartial judges?




Quote: We must beat the iron while it is hot, but we may polish it at leisure. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

We must beat the iron while it is hot, but we may polish it at leisure.


Quote: The love of liberty with life is given, And life itself the inferior gift of Heaven. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The love of liberty with life is given, And life itself the inferior gift of Heaven.


Quote: Hushed as midnight silence. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Hushed as midnight silence.


Quote: But love's a malady without a cure. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

But love's a malady without a cure.


Quote: Much malice mingled with a little wit Perhaps may censure this mysterious writ. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Much malice mingled with a little wit Perhaps may censure this mysterious writ.


Quote: A lively faith will bear aloft the mind, and leave the luggage of good works behind. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

A lively faith will bear aloft the mind, and leave the luggage of good works behind.


Quote: There is a proud modesty in merit. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

There is a proud modesty in merit.


Quote: There's a proud modesty in merit; averse from asking, and resolved to pay ten times the gifts it asks. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

There's a proud modesty in merit; averse from asking, and resolved to pay ten times the gifts it asks.


Quote: Merit challenges envy. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Merit challenges envy.


Quote: When Misfortune is asleep, let no one wake her. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

When Misfortune is asleep, let no one wake her.


Quote: Murder may pass unpunishd for a time, But tardy justice will oertake the crime. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Murder may pass unpunishd for a time, But tardy justice will oertake the crime.


Quote: The Jews, a headstrong, moody, murmuring race. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The Jews, a headstrong, moody, murmuring race.


Quote: Order is the greatest grace. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Order is the greatest grace.


Quote: It's a hard world, neighbors, if a man's oath must be his master. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

It's a hard world, neighbors, if a man's oath must be his master.


Quote: Errors like straws upon the surface flow, Who would search for pearls to be grateful for often must dive below. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Errors like straws upon the surface flow, Who would search for pearls to be grateful for often must dive below.


Quote: Thus like a Captive in an Isle confin'd,
Man walks at large, a Pris'ner of the Mind. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Thus like a Captive in an Isle confin'd,
Man walks at large, a Pris'ner of the Mind.


Quote: Every age has a kind of universal genius, which inclines those that live in it to some particular studies. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Every age has a kind of universal genius, which inclines those that live in it to some particular studies.


Quote: Parting is worse than death; it is death of love! by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Parting is worse than death; it is death of love!


Quote: I maintain, against the enemies of the stage, that patterns of piety, decently represented, may second the precepts. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

I maintain, against the enemies of the stage, that patterns of piety, decently represented, may second the precepts.


Quote: So poetry, which is in Oxford made An art, in London only is a trade. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

So poetry, which is in Oxford made An art, in London only is a trade.


Quote: Fool, not to know that love endures no tie,

And Jove but laughs at lovers' perjury. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Fool, not to know that love endures no tie,

And Jove but laughs at lovers' perjury.


Quote: Our vows are heard betimes! and Heaven takes care To grant, before we can conclude the prayer: Preventing angels met it half the way, And sent us back to praise, who came to pray. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Our vows are heard betimes! and Heaven takes care To grant, before we can conclude the prayer: Preventing angels met it half the way, And sent us back to praise, who came to pray.


Quote: Two if's scarce make one possibility. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Two if's scarce make one possibility.


Quote: Content with poverty, my soul I arm; And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Content with poverty, my soul I arm; And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.


Quote: What cannot Praise effect in Mighty Minds,
When Flattery Sooths, and when Ambition Blinds! by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

What cannot Praise effect in Mighty Minds,
When Flattery Sooths, and when Ambition Blinds!


Quote: It is a madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because in herself she is nothing, can rule nothing, but is ruled by prudence. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

It is a madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because in herself she is nothing, can rule nothing, but is ruled by prudence.


Quote: For thee, sweet month; the groves green liveries wear.

If not the first, the fairest of the year;

For thee the Graces lead the dancing hours,

And Nature's ready pencil paints the flowers.

When thy short reign is past, the feverish sun

The sultry tropic fears, and moves more slowly on. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of John Dryden quote: For thee, sweet month; the groves green liveries wear.

If not the first, the fairest of the year;

For thee the Graces lead the dancing hours,

And Nature's ready pencil paints the flowers.

When thy short reign is past, the feverish sun

The sultry tropic fears, and moves more slowly on.- black text on quotes background

For thee, sweet month; the groves green liveries wear.

If not the first, the fairest of the year;

For thee the Graces lead the dancing hours,

And Nature's ready pencil paints the flowers.

When thy short reign is past, the feverish sun

The sultry tropic fears, and moves more slowly on.


Quote: Love is love's reward. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of person holding sunflower

Love is love's reward.


Quote: Humility and resignation are our prime virtues. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Humility and resignation are our prime virtues.


Quote: The good we have enjoyed from Heaven's free will, and shall we murmur to endure the ill? by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The good we have enjoyed from Heaven's free will, and shall we murmur to endure the ill?


Quote: Riches cannot rescue from the grave, which claims alike the monarch and the slave. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Riches cannot rescue from the grave, which claims alike the monarch and the slave.


Quote: Dim as the borrowed beams of moons and stars
To lonely, weary, wandering travelers,
Is Reason to the soul; and, as on high
Those rolling fires discover but the sky,
Not light us here, so Reason's glimmering ray
Was lent, not to assure our doubtful way,
But guide us upward to a better day. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of John Dryden quote: Dim as the borrowed beams of moons and stars
To lonely, weary, wandering travelers,
Is Reason to the soul; and, as on high
Those rolling fires discover but the sky,
Not light us here, so Reason's glimmering ray
Was lent, not to assure our doubtful way,
But guide us upward to a better day.- black text on quotes background

Dim as the borrowed beams of moons and stars
To lonely, weary, wandering travelers,
Is Reason to the soul; and, as on high
Those rolling fires discover but the sky,
Not light us here, so Reason's glimmering ray
Was lent, not to assure our doubtful way,
But guide us upward to a better day.


Quote: Not sharp revenge, nor hell itself can find, A fiercer torment than a guilty mind, Which day and night doth dreadfully accuse, Condemns the wretch, and still the charge renews. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Not sharp revenge, nor hell itself can find, A fiercer torment than a guilty mind, Which day and night doth dreadfully accuse, Condemns the wretch, and still the charge renews.


Quote: Repartee is the soul of conversation. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Repartee is the soul of conversation.


Quote: No king nor nation one moment can retard the appointed hour. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

No king nor nation one moment can retard the appointed hour.


Quote: If one must be rejected, one succeed, make him my lord within whose faithful breast is fixed my image, and who loves me best. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

If one must be rejected, one succeed, make him my lord within whose faithful breast is fixed my image, and who loves me best.


Quote: He who trusts a secret to his servant makes his own man his master. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

He who trusts a secret to his servant makes his own man his master.




Quote: Home is the sacred refuge of our life. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Home is the sacred refuge of our life.


Quote: For every inch that is not fool, is rogue. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

For every inch that is not fool, is rogue.


Quote: Then we upon our globe's last verge shall go,

And view the ocean leaning on the sky:

From thence our rolling Neighbours we shall know,

And on the Lunar world securely pry. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Then we upon our globe's last verge shall go,

And view the ocean leaning on the sky:

From thence our rolling Neighbours we shall know,

And on the Lunar world securely pry.


Quote: What I have left is from my native spring; I've still a heart that swells, in scorn of fate, And lifts me to my banks. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

What I have left is from my native spring; I've still a heart that swells, in scorn of fate, And lifts me to my banks.


Quote: Satire among the Romans, but not among the Greeks, was a bitter invective poem. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Satire among the Romans, but not among the Greeks, was a bitter invective poem.


Quote: Satire is a kind of poetry in which human vices are reprehended. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Satire is a kind of poetry in which human vices are reprehended.


Quote: Love taught him shame, and shame with love at strife

Soon taught the sweet civilities of life. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Love taught him shame, and shame with love at strife

Soon taught the sweet civilities of life.


Quote: One of the greatest, most noble, and most sublime poems which either this age or nation has produced. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

One of the greatest, most noble, and most sublime poems which either this age or nation has produced.


Quote: Treason is greatest where trust is greatest. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Treason is greatest where trust is greatest.


Quote: For age but tastes of pleasures youth devours. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

For age but tastes of pleasures youth devours.


Quote: Discover the opinion of your enemies, which is commonly the truest; for they will give you no quarter, and allow nothing to complaisance. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Discover the opinion of your enemies, which is commonly the truest; for they will give you no quarter, and allow nothing to complaisance.


Quote: Trust on and think To-morrow will repay; To-morrow's falser than the former day; Lies worse; and while it says, we shall be blest With some new Joys, cuts off what we possest. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Trust on and think To-morrow will repay; To-morrow's falser than the former day; Lies worse; and while it says, we shall be blest With some new Joys, cuts off what we possest.


Quote: I am devilishly afraid, that's certain; but ... I'll sing, that I may seem valiant. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

I am devilishly afraid, that's certain; but ... I'll sing, that I may seem valiant.


Quote: Fortune's unjust; she ruins oft the brave, and him who should be victor, makes the slave. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Fortune's unjust; she ruins oft the brave, and him who should be victor, makes the slave.


Quote: We can never be grieved for their miseries who are thoroughly wicked, and have thereby justly called their calamities on themselves. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

We can never be grieved for their miseries who are thoroughly wicked, and have thereby justly called their calamities on themselves.


Quote: Ev'n wit's a burthen, when it talks too long. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Ev'n wit's a burthen, when it talks too long.


Quote: Death ends our woes, and the kind grave shuts up the mournful scene. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Death ends our woes, and the kind grave shuts up the mournful scene.


Quote: The fortitude of a Christian consists in patience, not in enterprises which the poets call heroic, and which are commonly the effects of interest, pride and worldly honor. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The fortitude of a Christian consists in patience, not in enterprises which the poets call heroic, and which are commonly the effects of interest, pride and worldly honor.


Quote: Beauty is nothing else but a just accord and mutual harmony of the members, animated by a healthful constitution. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Beauty is nothing else but a just accord and mutual harmony of the members, animated by a healthful constitution.


Quote: The people's prayer, the glad diviner's theme, The young men's vision, and the old men's dream! by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The people's prayer, the glad diviner's theme, The young men's vision, and the old men's dream!


Quote: What, start at this! when sixty years have spread. Their grey experience o'er thy hoary head? Is this the all observing age could gain? Or hast thou known the world so long in vain? by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

What, start at this! when sixty years have spread. Their grey experience o'er thy hoary head? Is this the all observing age could gain? Or hast thou known the world so long in vain?


Quote: Nothing to build, and all things to destroy. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Nothing to build, and all things to destroy.


Quote: Zeal, the blind conductor of the will. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Zeal, the blind conductor of the will.


Quote: War seldom enters but where wealth allures. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of black assault rifle surrounded by smokes

War seldom enters but where wealth allures.


Quote: Mankind is ever the same, and nothing lost out of nature, though everything is altered. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Mankind is ever the same, and nothing lost out of nature, though everything is altered.


Quote: Welcome, thou kind deceiver! Thou best of thieves; who, with an easy key, Dost open life, and, unperceived by us, Even steal us from ourselves. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Welcome, thou kind deceiver! Thou best of thieves; who, with an easy key, Dost open life, and, unperceived by us, Even steal us from ourselves.


Quote: The true Amphitryon is the Amphitryon where we dine. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The true Amphitryon is the Amphitryon where we dine.


Quote: Be secret and discreet; the fairy favors are lost when not concealed. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Be secret and discreet; the fairy favors are lost when not concealed.


Quote: Chaucer followed Nature everywhere, but was never so bold to go beyond her. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Chaucer followed Nature everywhere, but was never so bold to go beyond her.


Quote: And write whatever Time shall bring to pass

With pens of adamant on plates of brass. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

And write whatever Time shall bring to pass

With pens of adamant on plates of brass.


Quote: Youth, beauty, graceful action seldom fail: But common interest always will prevail; And pity never ceases to be shown To him who makes the people's wrongs his own. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Youth, beauty, graceful action seldom fail: But common interest always will prevail; And pity never ceases to be shown To him who makes the people's wrongs his own.


Quote: Sure there's contagion in the tears of friends. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Sure there's contagion in the tears of friends.


Quote: And he, who servilely creeps after sense, Is safe, but ne'er will reach an excellence. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

And he, who servilely creeps after sense, Is safe, but ne'er will reach an excellence.


Quote: And after hearing what our Church can say, If still our reason runs another way, That private reason 'tis more just to curb, Than by disputes the public peace disturb; For points obscure are of small use to learn, But common quiet is mankind's concern. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

And after hearing what our Church can say, If still our reason runs another way, That private reason 'tis more just to curb, Than by disputes the public peace disturb; For points obscure are of small use to learn, But common quiet is mankind's concern.


Quote: To breed up the son to common sense is evermore the parent's least expense. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

To breed up the son to common sense is evermore the parent's least expense.


Quote: If we from wealth to poverty descend,

Want gives to know the flatterer from the friend. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

If we from wealth to poverty descend,

Want gives to know the flatterer from the friend.


Quote: Tis Fate that flings the dice, And as she flings Of kings makes peasants, And of peasants kings. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Tis Fate that flings the dice, And as she flings Of kings makes peasants, And of peasants kings.


Quote: Fortune confounds the wise,

And when they least expect it turns the dice. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Fortune confounds the wise,

And when they least expect it turns the dice.


Quote: Ill fortune seldom comes alone. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Ill fortune seldom comes alone.


Quote: Good sense and good nature are never separated; and good nature is the product of right reason. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Good sense and good nature are never separated; and good nature is the product of right reason.


Quote: That, if the Gentiles, (whom no Law inspir'd,)

By Nature did what was by Law requir'd;

They, who the written Rule and never known,

Were to themselves both Rule and Law alone:

To Natures plain Indictment they shall plead;

And, by their Conscience, be condemn'd or freed. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of John Dryden quote; white text on black background

That, if the Gentiles, (whom no Law inspir'd,)

By Nature did what was by Law requir'd;

They, who the written Rule and never known,

Were to themselves both Rule and Law alone:

To Natures plain Indictment they shall plead;

And, by their Conscience, be condemn'd or freed.


Quote: Desire of greatness is a godlike sin. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Desire of greatness is a godlike sin.


Quote: Bets at first were fool-traps, where the wise like spiders lay in ambush for the flies. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Bets at first were fool-traps, where the wise like spiders lay in ambush for the flies.


Quote: He who would pry behind the scenes oft sees a counterfeit. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

He who would pry behind the scenes oft sees a counterfeit.


Quote: With odorous oil thy head and hair are sleek; And then thou kemb'st the tuzzes on thy cheek: Of these, my barbers take a costly care. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

With odorous oil thy head and hair are sleek; And then thou kemb'st the tuzzes on thy cheek: Of these, my barbers take a costly care.


Quote: No government has ever been, or can ever be, wherein time-servers and blockheads will not be uppermost. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

No government has ever been, or can ever be, wherein time-servers and blockheads will not be uppermost.


Quote: For danger levels man and brute And all are fellows in their need. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

For danger levels man and brute And all are fellows in their need.


Quote: The commendation of adversaries is the greatest triumph of a writer, because it never comes unless extorted. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The commendation of adversaries is the greatest triumph of a writer, because it never comes unless extorted.


Quote: Love is a child that talks in broken language, yet then he speaks most plain. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Love is a child that talks in broken language, yet then he speaks most plain.


Quote: So the false spider, when her nets are spread, deep ambushed in her silent den does lie. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

So the false spider, when her nets are spread, deep ambushed in her silent den does lie.


Quote: Him of the western dome, whose weighty sense Flows in fit words and heavenly eloquence. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Him of the western dome, whose weighty sense Flows in fit words and heavenly eloquence.


Quote: None would live past years again, Yet all hope pleasure in what yet remain; And, from the dregs of life, think to receive, What the first sprightly running could not give. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

None would live past years again, Yet all hope pleasure in what yet remain; And, from the dregs of life, think to receive, What the first sprightly running could not give.


Quote: To tame the proud, the fetter'd slave to free,

These are imperial arts. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

To tame the proud, the fetter'd slave to free,

These are imperial arts.


Quote: For what can power give more than food and drink, To live at ease, and not be bound to think? by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

For what can power give more than food and drink, To live at ease, and not be bound to think?


Quote: Present joys are more to flesh and blood

Than a dull prospect of a distant good. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Present joys are more to flesh and blood

Than a dull prospect of a distant good.


Quote: Three poets, in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy, and England did adorn. The first in loftiness of thought surpass'd; The next, in majesty; in both the last. The force of Nature could no further go; To make a third, she join'd the former two. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Three poets, in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy, and England did adorn. The first in loftiness of thought surpass'd; The next, in majesty; in both the last. The force of Nature could no further go; To make a third, she join'd the former two.


Quote: The soft complaining flute, In dying notes, discovers The woes of hopeless lovers. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The soft complaining flute, In dying notes, discovers The woes of hopeless lovers.


Quote: The brave man seeks not popular applause, Nor, overpower'd with arms, deserts his cause; Unsham'd, though foil'd, he does the best he can, Force is of brutes, but honor is of man. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The brave man seeks not popular applause, Nor, overpower'd with arms, deserts his cause; Unsham'd, though foil'd, he does the best he can, Force is of brutes, but honor is of man.


Quote: The gods, (if gods to goodness are inclined If acts of mercy touch their heavenly mind), And, more than all the gods, your generous heart, Conscious of worth, requite its own desert! by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The gods, (if gods to goodness are inclined If acts of mercy touch their heavenly mind), And, more than all the gods, your generous heart, Conscious of worth, requite its own desert!


Quote: Good Heaven, whose darling attribute we find is boundless grace, and mercy to mankind, abhors the cruel. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Good Heaven, whose darling attribute we find is boundless grace, and mercy to mankind, abhors the cruel.


Quote: Take the good the gods provide thee. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Take the good the gods provide thee.




Quote: For they can conquer who believe they can. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

For they can conquer who believe they can.


Quote: Fattened in vice, so callous and so gross, he sins and sees not, senseless of his loss. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Fattened in vice, so callous and so gross, he sins and sees not, senseless of his loss.


Quote: Imitators are but a servile kind of cattle. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Imitators are but a servile kind of cattle.


Quote: Since every man who lives is born to die, And none can boast sincere felicity, With equal mind, what happens, let us bear, Nor joy nor grieve too much for things beyond our care. Like pilgrims to the' appointed place we tend; The world's an inn, and death the journey's end. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of John Dryden quote; white text on black background

Since every man who lives is born to die, And none can boast sincere felicity, With equal mind, what happens, let us bear, Nor joy nor grieve too much for things beyond our care. Like pilgrims to the' appointed place we tend; The world's an inn, and death the journey's end.


Quote: He is the very Janus of poets; he wears almost everywhere two faces; and you have scarce begun to admire the one, ere you despise the other. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

He is the very Janus of poets; he wears almost everywhere two faces; and you have scarce begun to admire the one, ere you despise the other.


Quote: Politicians neither love nor hate. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Politicians neither love nor hate.


Quote: Arts and sciences in one and the same century have arrived at great perfection; and no wonder, since every age has a kind of universal genius, which inclines those that live in it to some particular studies; the work then, being pushed on by many hands, must go forward. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of John Dryden quote; white text on black background

Arts and sciences in one and the same century have arrived at great perfection; and no wonder, since every age has a kind of universal genius, which inclines those that live in it to some particular studies; the work then, being pushed on by many hands, must go forward.


Quote: Virgil is so exact in every word, that none can be changed but for a worse; nor any one removed from its place, but the harmony will be altered. He pretends sometimes to trip; but it is only to make you think him in danger of a fall, when he is most secure. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Virgil is so exact in every word, that none can be changed but for a worse; nor any one removed from its place, but the harmony will be altered. He pretends sometimes to trip; but it is only to make you think him in danger of a fall, when he is most secure.


Quote: Lucky men are favorites of Heaven. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of brown pine trees near mountain covered with fog

Lucky men are favorites of Heaven.


Quote: Affability, mildness, tenderness, and a word which I would fain bring back to its original signification of virtue, -- I mean good-nature, -- are of daily use; they are the bread of mankind and staff of life. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Affability, mildness, tenderness, and a word which I would fain bring back to its original signification of virtue, -- I mean good-nature, -- are of daily use; they are the bread of mankind and staff of life.


Quote: I trade both with the living and the dead, for the enrichment of our native language. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

I trade both with the living and the dead, for the enrichment of our native language.


Quote: For mysterious things of faith, rely on the proponent, Heaven's authority. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

For mysterious things of faith, rely on the proponent, Heaven's authority.


Quote: For Art may err, but Nature cannot miss. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

For Art may err, but Nature cannot miss.


Quote: He was exhaled; his great Creator drew His spirit, as the sun the morning dew. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

He was exhaled; his great Creator drew His spirit, as the sun the morning dew.


Quote: A narrow mind begets obstinacy; we do not easily believe what we cannot see. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

A narrow mind begets obstinacy; we do not easily believe what we cannot see.


Quote: For all have not the gift of martyrdom. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

For all have not the gift of martyrdom.


Quote: Who climbs the grammar-tree, distinctly knows Where noun, and verb, and participle grows. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Who climbs the grammar-tree, distinctly knows Where noun, and verb, and participle grows.


Quote: Thou strong seducer, Opportunity! by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Thou strong seducer, Opportunity!


Quote: A lazy frost, a numbness of the mind. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

A lazy frost, a numbness of the mind.


Quote: Not judging truth to be in nature better than falsehood, but setting a value upon both according to interest. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Not judging truth to be in nature better than falsehood, but setting a value upon both according to interest.


Quote: Sweet is pleasure after pain. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Sweet is pleasure after pain.


Quote: The perverseness of my fate is such that he's not mine because he's mine too much. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The perverseness of my fate is such that he's not mine because he's mine too much.


Quote: But when to sin our biased nature leans, The careful Devil is still at hand with means; And providently pimps for ill desires. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

But when to sin our biased nature leans, The careful Devil is still at hand with means; And providently pimps for ill desires.


Quote: Presence of mind and courage in distress,

Are more than arrives to procure success? by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Presence of mind and courage in distress,

Are more than arrives to procure success?


Quote: Bankrupt of life, yet prodigal of ease. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Bankrupt of life, yet prodigal of ease.


Quote: Be fair, or foul, or rain, or shine, The joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine. Not heaven itself upon the past has power; But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Be fair, or foul, or rain, or shine, The joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine. Not heaven itself upon the past has power; But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.


Quote: From plots and treasons Heaven preserve my years, But save me most from my petitioners. Unsatiate as the barren womb or grave; God cannot grant so much as they can crave. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

From plots and treasons Heaven preserve my years, But save me most from my petitioners. Unsatiate as the barren womb or grave; God cannot grant so much as they can crave.


Quote: We find few historians who have been diligent enough in their search for truth; it is their common method to take on trust what they help distribute to the public; by which means a falsehood once received from a famed writer becomes traditional to posterity. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

We find few historians who have been diligent enough in their search for truth; it is their common method to take on trust what they help distribute to the public; by which means a falsehood once received from a famed writer becomes traditional to posterity.


Quote: Self-defense is Nature's eldest law. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Self-defense is Nature's eldest law.


Quote: Second thoughts, they say, are best. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Second thoughts, they say, are best.


Quote: The scum that rises upmost, when the nation boils. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The scum that rises upmost, when the nation boils.


Quote: For lawful power is still superior found, When long driven back, at length it stands the ground. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

For lawful power is still superior found, When long driven back, at length it stands the ground.


Quote: Raw in the fields the rude militia swarms, Mouth without hands; maintained at vast expense, In peace a charge, in war a weak defence. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Raw in the fields the rude militia swarms, Mouth without hands; maintained at vast expense, In peace a charge, in war a weak defence.


Quote: Nor is the people's judgment always true: the most may err as grossly as the few. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Nor is the people's judgment always true: the most may err as grossly as the few.


Quote: Love and Time with reverence use,

Treat them like a parting friend:

Nor the golden gifts refuse

Which in youth sincere they send:

For each year their price is more,

And they less simple than before. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Love and Time with reverence use,

Treat them like a parting friend:

Nor the golden gifts refuse

Which in youth sincere they send:

For each year their price is more,

And they less simple than before.


Quote: Plots, true or false, are necessary things, To raise up commonwealths and ruin kings. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Plots, true or false, are necessary things, To raise up commonwealths and ruin kings.


Quote: I feel my sinews slackened with the fright, and a cold sweat trills down all over my limbs, as if I were dissolving into water. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

I feel my sinews slackened with the fright, and a cold sweat trills down all over my limbs, as if I were dissolving into water.


Quote: Even kings but play; and when their part is done, some other, worse or better, mounts the throne. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Even kings but play; and when their part is done, some other, worse or better, mounts the throne.


Quote: Doeg, though without knowing how or why,

Made still a blundering kind of melody;

Spurr'd boldly on, and dash'd through thick and thin,

Through sense and nonsense, never out nor in;

Free from all meaning whether good or bad,

And in one word, heroically mad. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of John Dryden quote; white text on black background

Doeg, though without knowing how or why,

Made still a blundering kind of melody;

Spurr'd boldly on, and dash'd through thick and thin,

Through sense and nonsense, never out nor in;

Free from all meaning whether good or bad,

And in one word, heroically mad.


Quote: The trumpet's loud clangor Excites us to arms. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The trumpet's loud clangor Excites us to arms.


Quote: God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love.


Quote: An ugly woman in a rich habit set out with jewels nothing can become. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

An ugly woman in a rich habit set out with jewels nothing can become.


Quote: Pleasure never comes sincere to man; but lent by heaven upon hard usury. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Pleasure never comes sincere to man; but lent by heaven upon hard usury.


Quote: Prodigious actions may as well be done, by weaver's issue, as the prince's son. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Prodigious actions may as well be done, by weaver's issue, as the prince's son.


Quote: He trudged along unknowing what he sought, And whistled as he went, for want of thought. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

He trudged along unknowing what he sought, And whistled as he went, for want of thought.


Quote: Time and death shall depart and say in flying

Love has found out a way to live, by dying. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Time and death shall depart and say in flying

Love has found out a way to live, by dying.


Quote: A thing well said will be wit in all languages. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

A thing well said will be wit in all languages.


Quote: Deathless laurel is the victor's due. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Deathless laurel is the victor's due.


Quote: Great souls forgive not injuries till time has put their enemies within their power, that they may show forgiveness is their own. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Great souls forgive not injuries till time has put their enemies within their power, that they may show forgiveness is their own.


Quote: Fowls, by winter forced, forsake the floods, and wing their hasty flight to happier lands. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Fowls, by winter forced, forsake the floods, and wing their hasty flight to happier lands.


Quote: Thus, while the mute creation downward bend Their sight, and to their earthly mother ten, Man looks aloft; and with erected eyes Beholds his own hereditary skies. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Thus, while the mute creation downward bend Their sight, and to their earthly mother ten, Man looks aloft; and with erected eyes Beholds his own hereditary skies.


Quote: Criticism is now become mere hangman's work, and meddles only with the faults of authors ; nay, the critic is disgusted less with their absurdities than excellence ; and you cannot displease him more than in leaving him little room for his malice. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Criticism is now become mere hangman's work, and meddles only with the faults of authors ; nay, the critic is disgusted less with their absurdities than excellence ; and you cannot displease him more than in leaving him little room for his malice.


Quote: A farce is that in poetry which grotesque (caricature) is in painting. The persons and actions of a farce are all unnatural, and the manners false, that is, inconsistent with the characters of mankind; and grotesque painting is the just resemblance of this. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

A farce is that in poetry which grotesque (caricature) is in painting. The persons and actions of a farce are all unnatural, and the manners false, that is, inconsistent with the characters of mankind; and grotesque painting is the just resemblance of this.


Quote: Fortune, that with malicious joyDoes man her slave oppress,Proud of her office to destroy,Is seldom pleasd to bless. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Fortune, that with malicious joyDoes man her slave oppress,Proud of her office to destroy,Is seldom pleasd to bless.


Quote: Inspire the Vocal Brass, Inspire;

The World is past its Infant Age:

Arms and Honour,

Arms and Honour,

Set the Martial Mind on Fire,

And kindle Manly Rage. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Inspire the Vocal Brass, Inspire;

The World is past its Infant Age:

Arms and Honour,

Arms and Honour,

Set the Martial Mind on Fire,

And kindle Manly Rage.


Quote: Like pilgrims to th' appointed place we tend;

The World's an Inn, and Death the journey's end. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Like pilgrims to th' appointed place we tend;

The World's an Inn, and Death the journey's end.


Quote: Bold knaves thrive without one grain of sense,
But good men starve for want of impudence. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Bold knaves thrive without one grain of sense,
But good men starve for want of impudence.


Quote: The blushing beauties of a modest maid. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The blushing beauties of a modest maid.


Quote: Music is inarticulate poesy. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Music is inarticulate poesy.


Quote: By viewing nature, nature's handmaid art, Makes mighty things from small beginnings grow: Thus fishes first to shipping did impart, Their tail the rudder, and their head the prow. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

By viewing nature, nature's handmaid art, Makes mighty things from small beginnings grow: Thus fishes first to shipping did impart, Their tail the rudder, and their head the prow.


Quote: Mighty things from small beginnings grow. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Mighty things from small beginnings grow.


Quote: When bounteous autumn rears her head, he joys to pull the ripened pear. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

When bounteous autumn rears her head, he joys to pull the ripened pear.


Quote: And nobler is a limited command, Given by the love of all your native land, Than a successive title, long and dark, Drawn from the mouldy rolls of Noah's Ark. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

And nobler is a limited command, Given by the love of all your native land, Than a successive title, long and dark, Drawn from the mouldy rolls of Noah's Ark.


Quote: For granting we have sinned, and that the offence

Of man is made against Omnipotence,

Some price that bears proportion must be paid,

And infinite with infinite be weighed. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

For granting we have sinned, and that the offence

Of man is made against Omnipotence,

Some price that bears proportion must be paid,

And infinite with infinite be weighed.


Quote: The wretched have no friends. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The wretched have no friends.


Quote: He invades authors like a monarch; and what would be theft in other poets is only victory in him. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

He invades authors like a monarch; and what would be theft in other poets is only victory in him.


Quote: By education most have been misled. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

By education most have been misled.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

By education most have been misled; So they believe, because they were bred. The priest continues where the nurse began, And thus the child imposes on the man.


Quote: Sculptors are obliged to follow the manners of the painters, and to make many ample folds, which are unsufferable hardness, and more like a rock than a natural garment. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Sculptors are obliged to follow the manners of the painters, and to make many ample folds, which are unsufferable hardness, and more like a rock than a natural garment.


Quote: Among our crimes oblivion may be set. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Among our crimes oblivion may be set.




Quote: New vows to plight, and plighted vows to break. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

New vows to plight, and plighted vows to break.


Quote: Beware of the fury of the patient man. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Beware of the fury of the patient man.




Quote: The province of the soul is large enough to fill up every cranny of your time, and leave you much to answer for if one wretch be damned by your neglect. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The province of the soul is large enough to fill up every cranny of your time, and leave you much to answer for if one wretch be damned by your neglect.


Quote: As when the dove returning bore the mark Of earth restored to the long labouring ark; The relics of mankind, secure at rest, Oped every window to receive the guest, And the fair bearer of the message bless'd. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

As when the dove returning bore the mark Of earth restored to the long labouring ark; The relics of mankind, secure at rest, Oped every window to receive the guest, And the fair bearer of the message bless'd.


Quote: Rhyme is the rock on which thou art to wreck. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Rhyme is the rock on which thou art to wreck.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Rhyme is the rock on which thou art to wreck, 'Tis fatal to thy fame and to thy neck.


Quote: But 'tis the talent of our English nation, Still to be plotting some new reformation. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

But 'tis the talent of our English nation, Still to be plotting some new reformation.


Quote: Freedom which in no other land will thrive, Freedom an English subject's sole prerogative. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Freedom which in no other land will thrive, Freedom an English subject's sole prerogative.


Quote: Reason to rule, mercy to forgive: The first is law, the last prerogative. Life is an adventure in forgiveness. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Reason to rule, mercy to forgive: The first is law, the last prerogative. Life is an adventure in forgiveness.




Quote: The propriety of thoughts and words, which are the hidden beauties of a play, are but confusedly judged in the vehemence of action. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

The propriety of thoughts and words, which are the hidden beauties of a play, are but confusedly judged in the vehemence of action.


Quote: Wit will shine Through the harsh cadence of a rugged line. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Wit will shine Through the harsh cadence of a rugged line.


Quote: A satirical poet is the check of the laymen on bad priests. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

A satirical poet is the check of the laymen on bad priests.




Quote: Reason saw not, till Faith sprung the Light. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of photo of author John Dryden with quote

Reason saw not, till Faith sprung the Light.


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