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John Donne Quotes


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I am two fools, I know, for loving, and for saying so in whining poetry.
[Love]
 

I count all that part of my life lost which I spent not in communion with God, or in doing good.
[Life]
 

I observe the physician with the same diligence as the disease.
 

If yet I have not all thy love, love Dear, I shall never have it all.
[Love]
 

Keep us, Lord, so awake in the duties of our calling that we may sleep in thy peace and wake in thy glory.
[Prayer]
 

Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies.
[Love]
 

Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime, nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.
 

Love, all love of other sights controls. And makes one little room an everywhere.
[Love]
 

More than kisses, letters mingle souls.
[Love]
 

Nature's great masterpiece, an elephant; the only harmless great thing.
 

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.
[Loneliness]
 

No Spring, nor Summer beauty hath such grace, As I have seen in one Autumnal face.
 

Of all commentaries upon the Scriptures, good examples are the best and the liveliest.
[Example]
 

One short sleep past will wake eternally And death shall be no more; Death thou shalt die.
[Immortality]
 

Pleasure is none, if not diversified.
 

Reason is our soul's left hand, Faith her right. By this we reach divinity.
[Reason]
 

Since you would save none of me, I bury some of you.
 

Sleep is pain's easiest salve, and doth fulfil all offices of death, except to kill.
[Sleep]
 

The day breaks not, it is my heart.
 

The difference between the reason of man and the instinct of the beast is this, that the beast does but know, but the man knows that he knows.
[Reason]
 


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