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254 Famous Quotes by John Milton
12/9/1608 - 11/8/1674
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If we think we regulate printing, thereby to rectify manners, we must regulate all regulations and pastimes, all that is delightful to man.

Manners Quotes, by John Milton

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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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Sweet bird, that shun the noise of folly, most musical, most melancholy!

Melancholy Quotes, by John Milton

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The imperial ensign; which, full high advanced, Shone like a meteor streaming to the wind.

Flags Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 536)

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A Spirit, zealous, as he seemed, to know More of the Almighty's works, and chiefly Man, God's latest image.

Zeal Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. IV, l. 565)

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Where more is meant than meets the ear.

Hearing Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Il Penseroso (l. 120)

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If at great things thou would'st arrive, Get riches first, get wealth, and treasure heap, Not difficult, if thou hearken to me; Riches are mine, fortune is in my hand, They whom I favor thrive in wealth amain, While virtue, valor, wisdom, sit in want.

Ambition Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Paradise Regained (bk. II, l. 426)

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Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts And eloquence.

Athens Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Paradise Regained (bk. IV, l. 240)

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The swan, with arched neck Between her white wings mantling proudly, rows Her state with oary feet.

Swans Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. VI, l. 438)

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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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And the gilded car of day, His glowing axle doth allay In the steep Atlantic stream.

Sunset Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Comus (l. 95)

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Or stars of morning, dew-drops which the sun Impearls on every leaf and every flower.

Dew Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. V, l. 746)

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Which, if not victory, is yet revenge.

Revenge Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. II, l. 105)

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Swings the scaly horror of his folded tail.

Devil Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Hymn on Christ's Nativity (l. 172)

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A limbo large and broad, since call'd The Paradise of Fools to few unknown.

Paradise Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. III, l. 495)

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Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image, but thee who destroys a goode booke, kills reason it selfe.

Books Quotes, by John Milton

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Confusion heard his voice, and wild uproar Stood ruled, stood vast infinitude confined; Till at his second bidding darkness fled, Light shone, and order from disorder sprung.

Order Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. III, l. 710)

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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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Thy liquid notes that close the eye of day First heard before the shallow cuckoo's bill, Portend success in love.

Nightingales Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Sonnet--To the Nightingale

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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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So when the sun in bed, Curtain'd with cloudy red, Pillows his chin upon an orient wave.

Clouds Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Ode on the Morning of Christ's Nativity

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Let his tormentor conscience find him out.

Conscience Quotes, by John Milton , Source: Paradise Regained (bk. IV, l. 130)

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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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