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167 Famous Quotes by John Dryden
8/9/1631 - 5/12/1700
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And that the Scriptures, though not everywhere Free from corruption, or entire, or clear, Are uncorrupt, sufficient, clear, entire In all things which our needful faith require.

Scripture Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Religio Laici (l. 297)

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Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow; He who would search for pearls, must dive below.

Errors Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: All for Love (prologue)

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The god-like hero sate On his imperial throne: His valiant peers were placed around, Their brows with roses and with myrtles bound (So should desert in arms be crowned). The lovely Thais by his side, Sate like a blooming Eastern bride In flower of youth and beauty's pride. Happy, happy, happy pair! None but the brave, None but the brave, None but the brave deserve the fair.

Bravery Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Alexander's Feast (st. 1)

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And all at Worcester but the honour lost.

Honor Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Astraea Redux

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According to her cloth she cut her coat.

Prudence Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Fables--Cock and Fox (l. 20)

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Whatever is, is in its causes just.

Providence Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Oedipus (act III, sc. 1)

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Youth should watch joys and shoot them as they fly.

Youth Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Aureng-Zebe (act III, sc. 1)

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The most aggravating thing about the younger generation is that I no longer belong to it.

Youth Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Aureng-Zebe (act III, sc. 1)

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Beware the fury of a patient man.

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

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Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.

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

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And all to leave what with his toil he won, To that unfeather'd two-legged thing, a son.

Inheritance Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 169)

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The clouds dispell'd, the sky resum'd her light, And Nature stood recover'd of her fright. But fear, the last of ills, remain'd behind, And horrow heavy sat on every mind.

Fear Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Theodore and Honoria (l. 336)

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We spirits have just such natures We had for all the world, when human creatures; And, therefore, I, that was an actress here, Play all my tricks in hell, a goblin there.

Hell Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Tyrannic Love (epilogue)

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She knows her man, and when you rant and swear, Can draw you to her with a single hair.

Hair Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Persius (satire V, l. 246)

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The people's prayer, the glad diviner's theme! The young men's vision, and the old men's dream.

Visions Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Absalom and Achtiphel (pt. I, l. 238)

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Above any Greek or Roman name.

Names Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Upon the Death of Lord Hastings (l. 76)

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Not aw'd to duty by superior sway.

Duty Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Eleonora (l. 178)

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Maintain your post: That's all the fame you need; For 'tis impossible you should proceed.

Duty Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: To Mr. Congreve, on his Comedy "The Double Dealer"

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Our souls sit close and silently within, And their own web from their own entrails spin; And when eyes meet far off, our sense is such, That, spider like, we feel the tenderest touch.

Sympathy Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Mariage a la Mode (act II, sc. 1)

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And kind as kings upon their coronation day.

Royalty Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Fables--The Hind and the Panther (pt. I, l. 271)

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Ay, these look like the workmanship of heaven; This is the porcelain clay of human kind, And therefore cast into these noble moulds.

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

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For that can power give more than food and drink, To live at ease, and not be bound to think?

Power Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Medal (l. 235)

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Ill writers are usually the sharpest censors.

Criticism Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Dedication of translations from Ovid

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They who write ill, and they who ne'er durst write, Turn critics out of mere revenge and spite.

Criticism Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Prologue to Conquest of Granada

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All who (like him) have writ ill plays before, For they, like thieves, condemned, are hangman made, To execute the members of their trade.

Criticism Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Prologue to Rival Queens

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