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167 Famous Quotes by John Dryden
8/9/1631 - 5/12/1700
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But Shakespeare's magic could not copied be; Within that circle none durst walk but he.

Shakespeare Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: The Tempest--Prologue

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But genius must be born, and never can be taught.

Genius Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Epistle X--To Congreve (l. 60)

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Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

Genius Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Epistle X--To Congreve (l. 60)

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Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius--and a lot of courage--to move in the opposite direction.

Genius Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Epistle X--To Congreve (l. 60)

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Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. . . . It takes a touch of genius--and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

Genius Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Epistle X--To Congreve (l. 60)

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Swear, food, or starve; for the dilemma's even; A tradesman thou! and hope to go to heaven?

Business Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Persius (sat. V, l. 204)

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

Argument Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Amphitryon (act I, sc. 1)

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Old as I am, for ladies' love unfit, The power of beauty I remember yet, Which once inflam'd my soul, and still inspires my wit.

Beauty Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Cymon and Iphigenia (l. 1)

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

Beauty Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Cymon and Iphigenia (l. 41)

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Sooth'd with the sound, the king grew vain: Fought all his battles o'er again; And thrice he routed all his foes, and thrice he slew the slain.

Vanity Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Alexander's Feast (l. 66)

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For who can be secure of private right, If sovereign sway may be dissolved by might? Nor is the people's judgment always true: The most may err as grossly as the few.

Public Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 779)

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Drawn to the dregs of a democracy.

Democracy Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 227)

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

Liberty Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Palamon and Arcite (bk. II, l. 291)

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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.

Tomorrow Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Aureng-zebe (act IV, sc. 1)

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Happy the man, and happy he alone, He, who can call to-day his own: He who, secure within, can say, Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have liv'd today.

Tomorrow Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Imitation of Horace (bk. III, ode XXIX, l. 65)

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

Sense Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 868)

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He raised a mortal to the skies; She drew an angel down.

Influence Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Alexander's Feast (l. 169)

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Stiff in opinion, always in the wrong.

Opinion Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Absalom and Achitophel (I, 545)

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I am as free as nature first made man, Ere the base laws of servitude began, When wild in woods the noble savage ran.

Freedom Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Conquest of Granada (act I, sc. 1)

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

Peace Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Astroea Redux (l. 312)

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The habit does not make the monk. [Lat., Cucullus (or Cuculla) non facit monachum.]

Appearance Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Hind and the Panther

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

Fate Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Mac Flecknoe (l. 1)

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

Fate Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Works (vol. XV, p. 103)

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Ill fortune seldom comes alone.

Fortune Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Cymon and Iphigenia (l. 592)

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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.

Fortune Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Don Sebastian (act I, sc. 1)

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