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

Quotes by John Dryden

Fortune befriends the bold.
The gates of Hell are open night and day Smooth the descent, and easy is the way But, to return, and view the cheerful skies In this, the task and mighty labor lies.
Repentance is but want of power to sin.
Great wits are sure to madness near allied And thin partitions do their bounds divide.
This good had full as bad a Consequence: The Book thus put in every vulgar hand,...
Such subtle Covenants shall be made,Till Peace it self is War in Masquerade.
Reason to rule but mercy to forgive: The first is the law, the last prerogative.
Be slow to resolve, but quick in performance.
All human things are subject to decay, And, when Fate summons, monarchs must obey; This Flecknoe found, who like Augustus young Was call'd to empire, and had govern'd long: In prose and verse, was own'd, without dispute Through all the realms of nonsense, absolute.
The conscience of a people is their power.
Woman's honor is nice as ermine; it will not bear a soil.
All human things are subject to decay, And when fate summons, monarchs must obey.
Set all things in their own peculiar place, and know that order is the greatest grace.
We lov'd, and we lov'd as long as we could Til our love was lov'd out in us both; But our marriage is dead, when the pleasure has fled: 'Twas pleasure that made it an oath.
Either be wholly slaves or wholly free.
To die is landing on some distant shore.
Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin will be spent. Be careful that you don't let other people spend it for you.
Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have lived today.
They think to little who talk to much.
He was exhaled; his great Creator drew His spirit, as the sun the morning dew.
Nor is the people's judgement always true; The most may err as grossly as the few.
Far more numerous are those as such; who think to little and talk to much.
Self-defense is Nature's eldest law.
Dreams are but interludes that fancy makes... Sometimes forgotten things, long cast behind Rush forward in the brain, and come to mind.
Beware of the fury of the patient man.