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167 Famous Quotes by John Dryden
8/9/1631 - 5/12/1700
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Treason is not own'd when 'tis descried; Successful crimes alone are justified.

Treason Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Medals (l. 207)

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Be nice to people on your way up because you might meet 'em on your way down.

Ambition Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 198)

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Deserted, at his utmost need, By those his former bounty fed; On the bare earth exposed he lies, With not a friend to close his eyes.

Ingratitude Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Alexander's Feast (st. 4)

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The monarch oak, the patriarch of the trees, Shoots rising up, and spreads by slow degrees. Three centuries he grows, and three he stays Supreme in state; and in three more decays.

Oak Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Palamon and Arcite (bk. III, l. 1.058)

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All objects lose by too familiar a view.

Familiarity Quotes, by John Dryden

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He made all countries where he came his own.

Love of country Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Astroea Redux (l. 76)

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And heaven had wanted one immortal song.

Songs Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 197)

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But Esau's hands suit ill with Jacob's voice.

Deceit Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 982)

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There are only two truly infinite things, the universe and stupidity. And I am unsure about the universe.

Stupidity Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Cymon and Iphigenia (l. 107)

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Boldness is a mask for fear, however great.

Boldness Quotes, by John Dryden

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When he spoke, what tender words he used! So softly, that like flakes of feathered snow, They melted as they fell.

Tenderness Quotes, by John Dryden

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Beware the fury of a patient man.

Proverbs Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 1005)

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A man so various, that he seem'd to be Not one, but all mankind's epitome; Stiff in opinions, always in the wrong. Was everything by starts, and nothing long; But in the course of one revolving moon, Was chymist, fiddler, statesman, and buffoon.

Proverbs Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Absalom and Actitophel (pt. I, l. 545)

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Forgiveness to the injured does belong, But they ne'er pardon who have done the wrong.

Proverbs Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Conquest of Granada (pt. II, act I, sc. 2)

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With ravish'd ears The monarch hears, Assumes the god, Affects to nod, And seems to shake the spheres.

Gods Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Alexander's Feast (l. 37)

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Creator Venus, genial power of love, The bliss of men below, and gods above! Beneath the sliding sun thou runn'st thy race, Dost fairest shine, and best become thy place; For thee the winds their eastern blasts forbear, Thy mouth reveals the spring, and opens all the year; Thee, goddess, thee, the storms of winter fly, Earth smiles with flowers renewing, laughs the sky.

Gods Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Palamon and Arcite (bk. III, l. 1405)

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It is not so very important for a person to learn facts. For that he does not really need a college. He can learn them from books. The value of an education is a liberal arts college is not learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.

Education Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Hind and the Panther (pt. III, l. 389)

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The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

Education Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Hind and the Panther (pt. III, l. 389)

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You know I met you, Kist you, and prest you close within my arms, With all the tenderness of wifely love.

Wives Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Amphitryon (act III, sc. 1)

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Doeg, though without knowing how or why, Made a 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.

Poetry Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Absalom and Achitophel (pt. II,, l. 412), "Thick and Thin"

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For friendship, of itself a holy tie, Is made more sacred by adversity.

Friendship Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: The Hind and the Panther (pt. III, l. 47)

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Look around the habitable world, how few Know their own good, or knowing it, pursue.

Goodness Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Juvenal (satire X)

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

Silence Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Astroea Redux (l. 7)

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If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X + Y + Z, X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut.

Silence Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Astroea Redux (l. 7)

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Since Heaven's eternal year is thine.

Heaven Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Elegy on Mrs. Killegrew (l. 15)

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