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Sir John Denham Quotes





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

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

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.
[Justice]
 

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

Rashness and haste make all things insecure.
 

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

We may our ends by our beginnings know.