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167 Famous Quotes by John Dryden
8/9/1631 - 5/12/1700
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Keen appetite And quick digestion wait on you and yours.

Appetite Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Cleomenes (act IV, sc. 1)

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What precious drops are those, Which silently each other's track pursue, Bright as young diamonds in their faint dew?

Tears Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: The Conquest of Grenada (pt. II, act III, sc. 1)

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The winds that never moderation knew, Afraid to blow too much, too faintly blew; Or out of breath with joy, could not enlarge Their straighten'd lungs or conscious of their charge.

Wind Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Astroea Redux (l. 242)

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Lord of human kind.

Pride Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Spanish Friar (act II, sc. 1)

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Hard features every bungler can command: To draw true beauty shows a master's hand.

Painting Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: To Mr. Lee, on his Alexander (l. 53)

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Thespis, the first professor of our art, At country wakes snug ballads from a cart.

Ballads Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Prologue to Sophonisba

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At every close she made, th' attending throng Replied, and bore the burden of the song: So just, so small, yet in so sweet a note, It seemed the music melted in the throat.

Singing Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Flower and the Leaf (l. 197)

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Could swell the soul to rage, or kindle soft desire.

Ability Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Alexander's Feast (l. 160)

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Behold him setting in his western skies, The shadows lengthening as the vapours rise.

Sun Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Absalom and Achitophel (st. 1, l. 268)

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The glorious lamp of heaven, the radiant sun, Is Nature's eye.

Sun Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: The Story of Acis, Polyphemus, and Galatea (l. 165), from Ovid "Metamorphoses", bk. xiii

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Out of the solar walk and Heaven's highway.

Sun Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Threnodia Augustalis

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Skill'd in the globe and sphere, he gravely stands, And, with his compass, measures seas and lands.

Navigation Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Sixth Satire of Juvenal (l. 760)

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For those whom God to ruin has designed He fits for fate, and first destroys their mind.

Insanity Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Fables--The Hind and the Panther (pt. III, l. 2,387)

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Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Insanity Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Spanish Friar (act II, st. 1)

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The welcome news is in the letter found; The carrier's not commission'd to expound; It speaks itself, and what it does contain, In all things needful to be known is plain.

Post Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Religio Laici (l. 366)

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For your ignorance is the mother of your devotion to me.

Ignorance Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: The Maiden Queen (act I, sc. 2)

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His ignorance is encyclopedic.

Ignorance Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: The Maiden Queen (act I, sc. 2)

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Long stood the noble youth oppress'd with awe, And stupid at the wondrous things he saw, Surpassing common faith, transgressing nature's law.

Wonders Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Theodore and Honoria (l. 217)

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Fallen, fallen, fallen, fallen, Fallen from his high estate, And welt'ring in his blood; Deserted at his utmost need, By those his former bounty fed; On the bare earth expos'd he lies, With not a friend to close his eyes.

Misfortune Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Alexander's Feast (l. 77)

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When Misfortune is asleep, let no one wake her. [Lat., Quando la mala ventura se duerme, nadie la despierte.]

Misfortune Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Alexander's Feast (l. 77)

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Then hasten to be drunk, the business of the day.

Intemperance Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Cymon and Iphigenia (l. 407)

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Whatever he did, was done with so much ease, In him alone 'twas natural to please.

Grace Quotes, by John Dryden , Source: Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 27)

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Love reckons hours for months, and days for years; every little absence is an age.

Absence Quotes, by John Dryden

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Happy the man, and happy he alone, he who can call today his own; he who, secure within, can say, tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.

Contentment Quotes, by John Dryden

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All objects lose by too familiar a view.

Familiarity Quotes, by John Dryden

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