Kings fight for empires, madmen for applause.

John Dryden on royalty
33

Fortune befriends the bold.

John Dryden on bravery
22

She feared no danger, for she knew no sin.

John Dryden on sin
21

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

John Dryden on habits
20

Love is not in our choice but in our fate.

John Dryden on love
17

Beware the fury of a patient man.

John Dryden on patience
16
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But far more numerous was the herd of such. Who think too little and who talk too much.

Mighty things from small beginnings grow.

John Dryden on power
15

Genius must be born, and never can be taught.

John Dryden on genius
12

For they conquer who believe they can.

John Dryden on confidence
11

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

John Dryden on love
11

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

John Dryden on career
9

Not to ask is not be denied.

John Dryden on silence
8
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They conquer who believe they can.

About John Dryden

Name John Dryden
Quotes 89 quotations
Nationality English
Profession Poet
Birthday August 9, 1631
Top topics love, fate, reason, rule, prerogative

Love is love's reward.

John Dryden on love
8

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

John Dryden on worry
8

Be slow to resolve, but quick in performance.

John Dryden on decisions
7

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

John Dryden on thought
7

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

John Dryden on parenting
7

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

John Dryden on reason
6

Self-defense is Nature's eldest law.

John Dryden on security
6

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

John Dryden on fear
5

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

John Dryden on trust
5

Tomorrow do thy worst, I have lived today.

John Dryden on future
5

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

John Dryden on genius
5

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

John Dryden on life
5

Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul.

John Dryden on envy
4

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

John Dryden on pain
4

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

John Dryden on war
3

He who would search for pearls must dive below.

John Dryden on search
3

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

John Dryden on forgiveness
3

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

John Dryden on fanaticism
3

Successful crimes alone are justified.

John Dryden on crime
3

All heiresses are beautiful.

John Dryden on inheritance
2

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.

John Dryden on endurance
2

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

John Dryden on revolution
2

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.

John Dryden on time
2

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

John Dryden on marriage
2

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

John Dryden on habits
2

Honor is but an empty bubble.

John Dryden on bubble
2

All objects lose by too familiar a view.

John Dryden on knowledge
2

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

John Dryden on subtle
2

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

John Dryden on fashion
2

What passions cannot music raise or quell?

John Dryden on music
1

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

John Dryden on crooked
1

God never made His work for man to mend.

John Dryden on god
1

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

John Dryden on death
1

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

John Dryden on plagiarism
1

Never was patriot yet, but was a fool.

John Dryden on patriotism
1

To die is landing on some distant shore.

John Dryden on death
1

Resolved to ruin or to rule the state.

John Dryden on politics
1

Thou strong seducer, Opportunity!

John Dryden on opportunity
1