John Milton

English poet; remembered primarily as the author of an epic poem describing humanity's fall from grace (1608-1674)

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... If weakness may excuse, What Murderer, what Traitor, Parricide, Incestuous, sacrilegious, but may plead it All Wickedness is Weakness That plea therefore With God or Man will gain thee no Remission.Rate it:
...A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.Rate it:
A good book is the precious life-blood of the master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose for a life beyond.Rate it:
A man may be a heretic in the truth; and if he believe things only because his pastor says so, or the assembly so determines, without knowing other reason, though his belief be true, yet the very truth he holds becomes his heresy.Rate it:
Accuse not nature, she hath done her partDo thou but thine, and be not diffidentOf wisdom, she deserts thee not, if thouDismiss not her, when most thou needest her nigh,By attributing overmuch to thingsLess excellent, as thou thyself perceivest.Rate it:
Adam inquires concerning celestial motions, is doubtfully answered, and exhorted to search rather things more worthy of knowledge.Rate it:
And, re-assembling our afflicted powers, consult how we may henceforth most offend.Rate it:
But wherefore thou alone Wherefore with theeCame not all hell broke loose Is pain to themLess pain, less to be fled, or thou than theyLess hardy to endure Courageous chief,The first in flight from pain, hadst thou allegedTo thy deserted host this cause of flight,Thou surely hadst not come sole fugitive.Rate it:
Come, pensive nun, devout and pure, sober steadfast, and demure, all in a robe of darkest grain, flowing with majestic train.Rate it:
Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.Rate it:
He also serves who only stands and waits.Rate it:
He who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, but he who destroys a good book kills reason itself.Rate it:
He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires and fears is more than a King.Rate it:
He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.Rate it:
Here at lastWe shall be freethe Almighty hath not builtHere for his envy, will not drive us henceHere we may reign secure, and in my choiceTo reign is worth ambition though in HellBetter to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven.Rate it:
How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth, Stolen on his wing my three-and-twentieth yearRate it:
If it come to prohibiting, there is aught more likely to be prohibited than truth itself.Rate it:
If we think we regulate printing, thereby to rectfy manners, we must regulate all regulations and pastimes, all that is delightful to man.Rate it:
Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth Unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep.Rate it:
None can love freedom heartily but good men the rest love not freedom, but license.Rate it:
O loss of sight, of thee I most complain! Blind among enemies, O worse than chains, dungeon or beggary, or decrepit age! Light, the prime work of God, to me is extinct, and all her various objects of delight annulled, which might in part my grief have eased. Inferior to the vilest now become of man or worm; the vilest here excel me, they creep, yet see; I, dark in light, exposed to daily fraud, contempt, abuse and wrong, within doors, or without, still as a fool, in power of others, never in my own; scarce half I seem to live, dead more than half.Rate it:
Reason also is choice.Rate it:
Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.Rate it:
Sweet bird, that shun the noise of folly, most musical, most melancholy!Rate it:
Taste this, and be henceforth among the Gods thyself a Goddess.Rate it:
The childhood shows the man, As morning shows the day.Rate it:
The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.Rate it:
They also serve who only stand and wait.Rate it:
Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind.Rate it:
Truth never comes into the world but like a bastard, to the ignominy of him that brought her birth.Rate it:
What does not destroy me makes me strongRate it:
When the waves are round me breaking,As I pace the deck alone,And my eye in vain is seekingSome green leaf to rest uponWhat would not I give to wanderWhere my old companions dwellAbsence makes the heart grow fonder,Isle of Beauty, fare thee wellRate it:
Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions for opinions in good men is but knowledge in the making.Rate it:
Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinions in good men is but knowledge in the making.Rate it:
Who overcomes by force hath overcome but half his foe.Rate it:
With thee conversing I forget all time.Rate it:

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