41 (forty-one) Quotations by John Dryden
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All heiresses are beautiful.
All human things are subject to decay, And when fate summons, monarchs must obey.
And all at Worcester but the honour lost.
And, like another Helen, fir'd another Troy.
Beware the fury of a patient man.
But far more numerous was the herd of stfch, Who think too little, and who talk too much.
But though Heaven made him poor, with reverence speaking, He never was a poet of God's making; The midwife laid her hand on his thick skull, With this prophetic blessing - Be thou dull;
Chaucer, I confess, is a rough diamond; and must be polished e'er he shines.
Could swell the soul to rage, or kindle soft desire.
Damned Neuters, in their Middle way of Steering, Are neither Fish, nor Flesh, nor good Red Herring.
Drinking is the soldier's pleasure.
Even victors are by victories undone.
Every inch that is not fool is rogue.
Fight on, my merry men all, I'm a little wounded, but I am not slain; I will lay me down for to bleed a while, Then I'll rise and fight with you again.
For all have not the gift of martyrdom.
For Art may err, but Nature cannot miss.
For truth has such a face and such a mien, As to be lov'd needs only to be seen.
For while my former flames remain within, Repentance is but want of power to sin.
Fortune befriends the bold.
Friendship, of itself a holy tie, is made more sacred by adversity.
Happy the man, and happy he alone, He who can call today his own; He who, secure within, can say, Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have lived today.
His tribe were God Almighty's gentlemen.
I'll habits gather by unseen degrees, As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.
I'm a little wounded, but I am not slain; I will lay me down to bleed a while. Then I'll rise and fight again.
It is a madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because in herself she is nothing, but is ruled by prudence.
Never was patriot yet, but was a fool.
None but the brave deserves the fair.
Only man clogs his happiness with care, destroying what is, with thoughts of what may be.
Present joys are more to flesh and blood Than the dull prospect of a distant good.
Repentance is but want of power to sin.
Resolv'd to ruin or to rule the state.
Self-defence is Nature's eldest law.
Stiff in opinion, always in the wrong.
Successful crimes alone are justified.
The true Amphitryon.
There is a pleasure sure, In being mad, which none but madmen know!
They conquer who believe they can.
Thou strong seducer, Opportunity!
War is the trade of Kings.
War, he sung, is toil and trouble; Honour but an empty bubble.
Whistling to keep myself from being afraid.
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