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  1. Kings fight for empires, madmen for applause.


  2. Fortune befriends the bold.


  3. She feared no danger, for she knew no sin.


  4. We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.




  5. Love is not in our choice but in our fate.


  6. Beware the fury of a patient man.


  7. Mighty things from small beginnings grow.


  8. Genius must be born, and never can be taught.


  9. For they conquer who believe they can.


  10. Love works a different way in different minds, the fool it enlightens and the wise it blinds.

    • love

  11. Not to ask is not be denied.


  12. Look around the inhabited world; how few know their own good, or knowing it, pursue.


  13. Love is love's reward.

    • love

  14. Only man clogs his happiness with care, destroying what is, with thoughts of what may be.


  15. Be slow to resolve, but quick in performance.


  16. Far more numerous are those as such; who think to little and talk to much.


  17. The sooner you treat your son as a man, the sooner he will be one.


  18. Reason is a crutch for age, but youth is strong enough to walk alone.


  19. Self-defense is Nature's eldest law.


  20. He has not learned the first lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.


  21. He who trusts secrets to a servant makes him his master.


  22. Tomorrow do thy worst, I have lived today.


  23. Time, place, and action may with pains be wrought, but genius must be born; and never can be taught.

    • genius

  24. When I consider life, it is all a cheat. Yet fooled with hope, people favor this deceit.


  25. Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul.


  26. Pains of love be sweeter far than all the other pleasures are.


  27. War, he sung, is toil and trouble; Honor but an empty bubble.


  28. He who would search for pearls must dive below.


  29. Reason to rule but mercy to forgive: The first is the law, the last prerogative.


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



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    But far more numerous was the herd of such. Who think too little and who talk too much.


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    They conquer who believe they can.


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What are the best love quotes by John Dryden?


    Love is not in our choice but in our fate.

    • love

    Love works a different way in different minds, the fool it enlightens and the wise it blinds.

    • love

    Love is love's reward.

    • love

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


    You see through love, and that deludes your sight, As what is straight seems crooked through the water.


    And love's the noblest frailty of the mind.


    Pains of love be sweeter far than all other pleasures are.

    • love

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What are the best death quotes by John Dryden?


    Like pilgrims to the appointed place we tend; The world's an inn, and death the journey's end.


    To die is landing on some distant shore.

    • death

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

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What are the best genius quotes by John Dryden?


    Genius must be born, and never can be taught.

    • genius

    Time, place, and action may with pains be wrought, but genius must be born; and never can be taught.

    • genius

    Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide.

    • genius

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What are the best fate quotes by John Dryden?


    All human things are subject to decay,And, when Fate summons, monarchs must obey;This Flecknoe found, who like Augustus youngWas call'd to empire, and had govern'd long:In prose and verse, was own'd, without disputeThrough all the realms of nonsense, absolute.


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

    • fate

    All things are subject to decay and when fate summons, monarchs must obey.


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What are the best fanaticism quotes by John Dryden?


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

    • fanaticism

    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.

    • fanaticism

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Successful crimes alone are justified.


All heiresses are beautiful.


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.


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




Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin will be spent. Be careful that you don't let other people spend it for you.


Nature meant me a wife, a silly harmless household Dove, fond without art; and kind without deceit.


Ill habits gather unseen degrees, as brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.

  • habits

Honor is but an empty bubble.


All objects lose by too familiar a view.


Such subtle Covenants shall be made,Till Peace it self is War in Masquerade.


Nor is the people's judgement always true;The most may err as grossly as the few.


What passions cannot music raise or quell?


You see through love, and that deludes your sight, As what is straight seems crooked through the water.

  • crooked

God never made His work for man to mend.


Like pilgrims to the appointed place we tend; The world's an inn, and death the journey's end.

  • death

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


Never was patriot yet, but was a fool.


To die is landing on some distant shore.

  • death

Resolved to ruin or to rule the state.


Thou strong seducer, Opportunity!


Words are but pictures of our thoughts.


For all have not the gift of martyrdom.


Repentance is but want of power to sin.

  • forgiveness

Shame on the body for breaking down while the spirit perseveres.


There is a pleasure in being mad which none but madmen know.


Roused by the lash of his own stubborn tail our lion now will foreign foes assail.

  • war

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

  • affections

Pains of love be sweeter far than all other pleasures are.

  • love

Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide.

  • genius

Reason to rule but mercy to forgive The first is the law, the last prerogative.


We lov'd, and we lov'd as long as we couldTil our love was lov'd out in us both;But our marriage is dead, when the pleasure has fled:'Twas pleasure that made it an oath.


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


Drinking is the soldier's pleasure.


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.


First we make our habits, then our habits make us.

  • habits

The people have a right supremeTo make their kings, for Kings are made for them.All Empire is no more than Pow'r in Trust,Which when resum'd, can be no longer just.Successionm for the general good design'd,In its own wrong a Nation cannot bind.


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

  • fate

Go miser go, for money sell your soul. Trade wares for wares and trudge from pole to pole, So others may say when you are dead and gone. See what a vast estate he left his son.


They that possess the prince possess the laws.


The first is the law, the last prerogative.


Happy the man, and happy he alone, he who can call today his own; he who, secure within, can say, tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.


A knock-down argument; 'tis but a word and a blow.


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


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.

  • fanaticism

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.


Men are but children of a larger growth, Our appetites as apt to change as theirs, And full as craving too, and full as vain.


Oh that my Pow'r to Saving were confin

  • patience

For present joys are more to flesh and blood than a dull prospect of a distant good.


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


And love's the noblest frailty of the mind.

  • frailty

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

  • death

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


All things are subject to decay and when fate summons, monarchs must obey.

  • all

All human things are subject to decay,And, when Fate summons, monarchs must obey;This Flecknoe found, who like Augustus youngWas call'd to empire, and had govern'd long:In prose and verse, was own'd, without disputeThrough all the realms of nonsense, absolute.

  • fate

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


And plenty makes us poor.


Great wits are sure to madness near allied And thin partitions do their bounds divide.


It is madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because by herself she is nothing and is ruled by prudence.


But far more numerous was the herd of such, Who think too little, and who talk too much.


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