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John Dryden Quotes


An influential English poet, literary critic, and playwright.
(1631 - 1700)

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A foundation of good sense, and a cultivation of learning, are required to give a seasoning to retirement, and make us taste its blessings.
[Retirement]
 

A knock-down argument; 'tis but a word and a blow.
 

A merry, dancing, drinking, laughing, quaffing, and unthinking time.
[Dancing]
 

A mob is the scum that rises upmost when the nation boils.
 

A narrow mind begets obstinacy; we do not easily believe what we cannot see.
[Mind]
 

Affability, mildness, tenderness, and a word which I would fain bring back to its original signification of virtue - I mean good nature - are of daily use; they are the bread of mankind and the staff of life.
 

All habits gather, by unseen degrees, as brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.
[Habit]
 

All heiresses are beautiful.
 

All human things are subject to decay And when fate summons, monarchs must obey.
 

All objects lose by too familiar a view.
[Familiarity]
 

All things are by fate, but poor blind man sees but a part of the chain, the nearest link, his eyes not reaching to that equal beam which poises all above.
[Fate]
 

All things are subject to decay and when fate summons, monarchs must obey.
 

And love's the noblest frailty of the mind.
 

And plenty makes us poor.
 

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.
[Anger]
 

Base rivals, who true wit and merit hate, maliciously aspire to gain renown, by standing up, and pulling others down.
[Envy]
 

Beauty, like ice, our footing does betray; Who can tread sure on the smooth, slippery way: Pleased with the surface, we glide swiftly on, And see the dangers that we cannot shun.
[Beauty]
 

Bets, at the first, were fool-traps, where the wise, like spiders, lay in ambush for the flies.
[Gambling]
 

Better shun the bait than struggle in the snare.
[Temptation]
 

Beware the fury of a patient man.
[Anger]
 


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