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167 Famous Quotes by John Dryden
8/9/1631 - 5/12/1700
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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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Damn'd neuters, in their middle way of steering, Are neither fish, nor flesh, nor good red herring.

Fish Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Duke of Guise (epilogue, l. 39)

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The fool of nature stood with stupid eyes And gaping mouth, that testified surprise.

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

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Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

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

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But wild Ambition loves to slide, not stand, And Fortune's ice prefers to Virtue's land.

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

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Rich the treasure, Sweet the pleasure, Sweet is pleasure after pain.

Pleasure Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Alexander's Feast (l. 58)

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And after hearing what our Church can say, If still our reason runs another way, That private reason 'tis more just to curb, Than by disputes the public peace disturb; For points obscure are of small use to learn, But common quiet is mankind's concern.

Doctrine Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Religio Laici (l. 445)

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Ever a glutton, at another's cost, But in whose kitchen dwells perpetual frost.

Cookery Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Fourth Satire of Persius (l. 58)

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Better to hunt in fields for health unbought, Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught. The wise for cure on exercise depend; God never made his work for man to mend.

Medicine Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Epistle to John Dryden of Chesterton (l. 92)

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So liv'd our sires, ere doctors learn'd to kill, And multiplied with theirs the weekly bill.

Medicine Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: To John Dryden, Esq. (l. 71)

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

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

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She hugged the offender, and forgave the offense, Sex to the last.

Forgiveness Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Cymon and Iphigenia (l. 367)

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Ill news is wing'd with fate, and flies apace.

News Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Threnodia Augustalis (l. 49)

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He's a sure card.

Cards Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: The Spanish Friar (act II, sc. 2)

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Love taught him shame; and shame, with love at strife, Soon taught the sweet civilities of life.

Shame Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Cymon and Iphigenia (l. 133)

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Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide.

Wit Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 163)

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Ev'n wit's a burthen, when it talks too long.

Wit Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Sixth Satire of Juvenal (l. 573)

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Wit will shine Through the harsh cadence of a rugged line.

Wit Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: To the Memory of Mr. Oldham

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To take up half on trust, and half to try, Name it not faith but bungling bigotry.

Faith Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: The Hind and the Panther (pt. I, l. 141)

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This comes of altering fundamental laws and overpersuading by his landlord to take physic (of which he died) for the benefit of the doctor--Stavo bene (was written on his monument) ma per star meglio, sto qui.

Epitaphs Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Dedication of the Aeneid (XIV, 149)

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