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John Dryden quotes

John Dryden
17th-century English poet and playwright

John Dryden was an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who was appointed England's first Poet Laureate in 1668.
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For truth has such a face and such a mien As to be lov'd needs only to be seen.
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A knock-down argument: 't is but a word and a blow.
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Thou tyrant, tyrant Jealousy, Thou tyrant of the mind!
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Thus, while the mute creation downward bend Their sight, and to their earthly mother ten, Man looks aloft; and with erected eyes Beholds his own hereditary skies.
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But far more numerous was the herd of such Who think too little and who talk too much.


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He is the very Janus of poets; he wears almost everywhere two faces; and you have scarce begun to admire the one, ere you despise the other.
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And he who servilely creeps after sense, Is safe, but ne'er will reach an excellence.
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How blessed is he, who leads a country life, Unvex'd with anxious cares, and void of strife! Who studying peace, and shunning civil rage, Enjoy'd his youth, and now enjoys his age: All who deserve his love, he makes his own; And, to be lov'd himself, needs only to be known.
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I trade both with the living and the dead, for the enrichment of our native language.
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Freedom which in no other land will thrive, Freedom an English subject's sole prerogative.

           

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