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167 Famous Quotes by John Dryden
8/9/1631 - 5/12/1700
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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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And heaven had wanted one immortal song.

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

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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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A very merry, dancing, drinking, Laughing, quaffing, and unthinking time.

Merriment Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: The Secular Masque (l. 40)

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Joy rul'd the day, and Love the night.

Joy Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: The Secular Masque (l. 82)

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Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.

Joy Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: The Secular Masque (l. 82)

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But far more numerous was the herd of such, Who think too little, and who talk too much.

Talk Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 533)

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As when the dove returning bore the mark Of earth restored to the long labouring ark; The relics of mankind, secure at rest, Open every window to receive the guest, And the fair bearer of the message bless'd.

Doves Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: To Her Grace of Ormond (l. 70)

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The true Amphitryon.

Eating Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Amphitryon (act IV, sc. 1)

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