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Born in August 9, 1631 / Died in May 1, 1700 / United Kingdom / English

Quotes by John Dryden

Drinking is the soldier's pleasure.
The sooner you treat your son as a man, the sooner he will be one.
When I consider life, it is all a cheat. Yet fooled with hope, people favor this deceit.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
Let grace and goodness be the principal loadstone of thy affections. For love which hath ends, will have an end; whereas that which is founded on true virtue, will always continue.
The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves.
Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.
Honor is but an empty bubble.
All objects lose by too familiar a view.
If you be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams - the more they are condensed the deeper they burn.
Go miser go, for money sell your soul. Trade wares for wares and trudge from pole to pole, So others may say when you are dead and gone. See what a vast estate he left his son.
Shame on the body for breaking down while the spirit perseveres.
He has not learned the first lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
Reason is a crutch for age, but youth is strong enough to walk alone.
Look around the inhabited world; how few know their own good, or knowing it, pursue.
Boldness is a mask for fear, however great.
Beware the fury of a patient man.
All things are subject to decay and when fate summons, monarchs must obey.
Roused by the lash of his own stubborn tail our lion now will foreign foes assail.
Since every man who lives is born to die, and none can boast sincere felicity, with equal mind, what happens, let us bear, nor joy nor grieve too much for things beyond our care.
None are so busy as the fool and knave.
She feared no danger, for she knew no sin.
We must beat the iron while it is hot, but we may polish it at leisure.
Railing and praising were his usual themes; and both showed his judgment in extremes. Either over violent or over civil, so everyone to him was either god or devil.
Beware the fury of the patient man.