> Author Index > D - Authors > Sir John Denham Quotes

Sir John Denham Quotes

Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.

Books should to one of these fours ends conduce, for wisdom, piety, delight, or use.

Expect not more from servants than is just; reward them well if they observe their trust; nor with them pride or cruelty invade, since God and nature them our brothers made.

In his looks appears a wild, distracted fierceness; I can read some dreadful purpose in his face.

Justice, when equal scales she holds, is blind; nor cruelty, nor mercy, change her mind; when some escape for that which others die, mercy to those to these is cruelty.

Poesy is of so subtle a spirit, that in the pouring out of one language into another it will evaporate.

Rashness and haste make all things insecure.

Uncertain ways unsafest are, and doubt a greater mischief than despair.

We may our ends by our beginnings know.