John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, was an English poet and courtier of the Restoration period. He was an outspoken critic of the religious and political establishments of his day and one of the most notorious libertines of the era. His poetry, which is often ribald and satirical, was widely popular in his day, though it has since been largely forgotten.
What is the most famous quote by John Wilmot ?
I shall never forgive you for teaching me how to love life.— John Wilmot
What can you learn from John Wilmot (Life Lessons)
John Wilmot's life was filled with debauchery and excess, yet he still managed to become a renowned poet and satirist. His life serves as a reminder to always strive for greatness and to never give up on your dreams, despite the obstacles that may stand in your way. Additionally, his work serves as a warning to be mindful of the consequences of reckless behavior and to think carefully before making decisions.
The most devotion John Wilmot quotes to get the best of your day
Following is a list of the best quotes, including various John Wilmot inspirational quotes, and other famous sayings by John Wilmot.
any experiment of interest in life will be carried out at your own expense
The theatre is my drug. And my illness is so far advanced that my physic must be of the highest quality.
Now piercèd is her virgin zone; She feels the foe within it. She hears a broken amorous groan, The panting lover's fainting moan, Just in the happy minute.
I wish to be moved. I cannot feel in life. I must have others do it for me in theater.
Most Men are Cowards, all Men should be Knaves.
The Difference lies, as far as I can see, Not in the thing it self, but the Degree.
Before I married, I had three theories about raising children and no children.
Now, I have three children and no theories.
God bless our good and gracious King, Whose promise none relies on;
Who never said a foolish thing, Nor ever did a wise one.
Since 'tis Nature's law to change, Constancy alone is strange.
Satirical quotes by John Wilmot
I'd be a dog, a monkey, or a bear, or anything but that vain animal who is so proud of being rational.
Farewell, woman! I intend Henceforth every night to sit With my lewd, well-natured friend, Drinking to engender wit.
Angels listen when she speaks; She's my delight, all mankind's wonder; But my jealous heart would break Should we live one day asunder.
Thus, statesmanlike, I'll saucily impose, And safe from action, valiantly advise; Sheltered in impotence, urge you to blows, And being good for nothing else, be wise.
Natural freedoms are but just: There's something generous in mere lust.
Books bear him up a while, and make him try to swim with bladders of philosophy.
For Hell and the foul fiend that rules God's everlasting fiery jails (Devised by rogues, dreaded by fools), With his grim, grisly dog that keeps the door, Are senseless stories, idle tales, Dreams, whimseys, and no more.
'Tis dangerous to think - For who by thinking tempts his jealous Fate, Is straight arraign'd as Traytor to the State, And none that come within the Verge of Sense, Have to Preferment now the least Pretence. . . .
Quotations by John Wilmot that are ribald and licentious
The clog of all pleasure, the luggage of life, is the best can be said for a very good wife.
Dead we become the lumber of the world.
To pick out the wildest and most fantastical odd man alive, and to place your kindness there, is an act so brave and daring as will show the greatness of your spirit and distinguish you in love, as you are in all things else, from womankind.
Born to myself, I like myself alone.
Mothers who force their daughters into interested marriage, are worse than the Ammonites who sacrificed their children to Moloch--the latter undergoing a speedy death, the former suffering years of torture, but too frequently leading to the same result.
Man differs more from Man, than Man from Beast.
For all Men would be Cowards if they durst: And Honesty's against all common Sense.
He never said a foolish thing nor never did a wise one.
It is a very good world to live in, To lend or to spend, or to live in; but to beg or to borrow, or to get a man's own, It is the very worst world that ever was known.
Before I got married, I had six theories about bringing up children. Now I have six children and no theories.
Custom does often reason overrule.
Love's chemistry thrives best in equal heat.
I have to speak my mind. Because what is in my mind is always more interesting than what is happening in the world outside my mind.
Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories.
All monarchs I hate, and the thrones they sit on, From the hector of France to the cully of Britain.
Whenever you preach, be sure that you lift the Saviour high and lay the sinner low.
Late children are early orphans.
Envy is a passion so full of cowardice and shame that nobody ever had the confidence to own it.
All men would be cowards if they could.
Nothing suits worse with vice than want of sense
Love, the most generous passion of the mind The softest refuge innocence can find
Tis a meaner part of sense to find a fault than taste an excellence.