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254 Famous Quotes by John Milton
12/9/1608 - 11/8/1674
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When the waves are round me breaking,As I pace the deck alone,And my eye in vain is seekingSome green leaf to rest upon;What would not I give to wanderWhere my old companions dwell?Absence makes the heart grow fonder,Isle of Beauty, fare thee well! - Paradise Lost.

Literature Quotes, by John Milton

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He's gone, and who knows how may he report Thy words by adding fuel to the flame?

Gossip Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Samson Agonistes (l. 1,350)

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While the cock with lively din Scatters the rear of darkness thin, And to the stack or the barn door Stoutly struts his dames before.

Cocks Quotes, by John Milton , Source: L'Allegro

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So saying, with despatchful looks in haste She turns, on hospitable thoughts intent.

Hospitality Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. V, l. 331)

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Now the bright morning star, day's harbinger, Comes dancing from the east, and leads with her The flowery May, who from her green lap throws The yellow cowslip, and the pale primrose. Hail, bounteous May, that doth inspire Mirth, and youth, and warm desire; Woods and groves are of thy dressing, Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing, Thus we salute thee with our early song, And welcome thee, and wish thee long.

May Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Song--On May Morning

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Hail, holy light! offspring of heaven firstborn! Or of th' eternal co-eternal beam, May I express thee unblam'd? since God is light And never but in unapproached light Dwelt from eternity, dwelt then in thee, Bright effluence of bright essence increate!

Light Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. III, l. 1)

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Execrable son! so to aspire Above his brethren, to himself assuming Authority usurp'd, from God not given. He gave us only over beast, fish, fowl, Dominion absolute; that right we hold By his donation; but man over men He made not lord; such title to himself Reserving, human left from human free.

Slavery Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. XII, l. 64)

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Power ought to serve as a check to power.

Power Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Comus (l. 816)

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Revenge, at first though sweet, Bitter ere long back on itself recoils.

Revenge Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. IX, l. 171)

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Anarchy is the sure consequence of tyranny; or no power that is not limited by laws can ever be protected by them

Anarchy Quotes, by John Milton

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'Tis Chastity, my brother, Chastity: She that has that, is clad in complete steel

Chastity Quotes, by John Milton

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Far from all resort of mirth, / Save the cricket on the hearth!

Cricket Quotes, by John Milton

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The superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity and many deeds of the past, in order to strengthen his character thereby.

Quotations Quotes, by John Milton

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Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise, (That last infirmity of noble mind) To scorn delights, and live laborious days; But the fair guerdon when we hope to find, And think to burst out into sudden blaze, Comes the blind Fury with th' abhorred shears, And slits the thin-spun life.

Proverbs Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Lycidas (l. 70)

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Who overcomes By force, hath overcome but half his foe.

Proverbs Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 648)

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A crown Golden in show, is but a wreath of thorns, Bring dangers, troubles, cares, and sleepless nights To him who wears the regal diadem.

Proverbs Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Paradise Regained (bk. II, l. 458)

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What boots it at one gate to make defence, And at another to let in the foe?

Proverbs Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Samson Agonistes (l. 560)

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He gives twice who gives quickly. [Lat., Bis dat qui cito dat.] - credited to Publius Syrus Mimus,

Proverbs Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Samson Agonistes (l. 560)

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Servant of God, well done, well hast thou fought The better fight.

Christianity Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. VI, l. 29)

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When thou attended gloriously from heaven, Shalt in the sky appear, and from thee send Thy summoning archangels to proclaim Thy dread tribunal.

Judgment Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. III, l. 323)

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And, weaponless himself, Made arms ridiculous.

Strength Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Samson Agonistes (l. 130)

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What does not destroy me, makes me strong.

Strength Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Samson Agonistes (l. 130)

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He that has light within his own clear breast May sit i' the centre, and enjoy bright day: But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts Benighted walks under the mid-day sun; Himself his own dungeon.

Conscience Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Comus (l. 381)

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Now conscience wakes despair That slumber'd, wakes the bitter memory Of what he was, what is, and what must be Worse; of worse deeds worse sufferings must ensue!

Conscience Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. IV, l. 23)

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O Conscience, into what abyss of fears And horrors hast thou driven me, out of which I find no way, from deep to deeper plunged.

Conscience Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. X, l. 842)

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