John Dryden

the outstanding poet and dramatist of the Restoration (1631-1700)

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Look around the habitable world, how few Know their own good, or knowing it, pursue.
Happy the man, and happy he alone, He, who can call to-day his own He who, secure within, can say, To-morrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
We must beat the iron while it is hot, but we may polish it at leisure.
A mob is the scum that rises upmost when the nation boils.
All human things are subject to decay, and when fate summons, monarchs must obey.
All human things are subject to decay,And, when Fate summons, monarchs must obeyThis Flecknoe found, who like Augustus youngWas call'd to empire, and had govern'd longIn prose and verse, was own'd, without disputeThrough all the realms of nonsense, absolute.
And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.
Better shun the bait, than struggle in the snare.
Beware of the fury of the patient man.
Beware the fury of a patient man.
But far more numerous was the herd of such, Who think too little and who talk too much.
But far more numerous was the herd of such,
Who think too little and who talk too much.
Death in itself is nothing but we fear To be we know not what, we know not where.
Dreams are but interludes that fancy makes...
Sometimes forgotten things, long cast behind
Rush forward in the brain, and come to mind.
Great wits are sure to madness near allied And thin partitions do their bounds divide.
Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He, who can call to-day his own:
He who, secure within, can say,
To-morrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
How can finite grasp infinity
Ill habits gather unseen degrees, as brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.
Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul.
Let grace and goodness be the principal loadstone of thy affections. For love which hath ends, will have an end whereas that which is founded on true virtue, will always continue.
Let grace and goodness be the principal loadstone of thy affections. For love which hath ends, will have an end; whereas that which is founded on true virtue, will always continue.
Look around the inhabited world; how few know their own good, or knowing it, pursue.
Love is not in our choice but in our fate.
Men are but children of a larger growth, Our appetites as apt to change as theirs, And full as craving too, and full as vain.
Nor is the people's judgment always true: the most may err as grossly as the few.
Pains of love be sweeter far Than all other pleasures are.
Reason to rule but mercy to forgive The first is the law, the last prerogative.
Roused by the lash of his own stubborn tail our lion now will foreign foes assail.
Set all things in their own peculiar place, and know that order is the greatest grace.
The conscience of a people is their power.
The gates of Hell are open night and day Smooth the descent, and easy is the way But, to return, and view the cheerful skies In this, the task and mighty labor lies.
The people have a right supremeTo make their kings, for Kings are made for them.All Empire is no more than Pow'r in Trust,Which when resum'd, can be no longer just.Successionm for the general good design'd,In its own wrong a Nation cannot bind.
They think to little who talk to much.
Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have lived today.
War is the trade of Kings.
We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.
When I consider life, it is all a cheat. Yet fooled with hope, people favor this deceit.
Woman's honor is nice as ermine; it will not bear a soil.
You see through love, and that deludes your sight, As what is straight seems crooked through the water.

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