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John Milton quotes (62)
Capricious wanton bold and brutal lust Is meanly selfish; when resisted cruel; And like the blast of pestilential winds Taints the sweet bloom of natures fairest forms.
John Milton Category: Lust
But who is this what thing of sea or land-- Female of sex it seems-- That so bedeckd ornate and gay Comes this way sailing Like a stately ship Of Tarsus bound for th isles Of Javan or Gadire With all her bravery on and tackle trim Sails filld and streamers waving Courted by all the winds that hold them play An amber scent of odorous perfume Her harbinger?
John Milton Category: Sailor
Just are the ways of God And justifiable to men; Unless there be who think not God at all.
John Milton Category: Atheism
What hath night to do with sleep?
John Milton Category: Night
The Angel ended and in Adams ear So charming left his voice that he awhile Thought him still speaking still stood fixd to hear.
John Milton Category: Adam
To-morrow to fresh woods and pastures new.
John Milton Category: Tomorrow
Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth so Truth be in the field we do ingloriously by licensing and prohibiting to misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple: who ever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?
John Milton Category: Truth
Grace was in all her steps heaven in her eye In every gesture dignity and love.
John Milton Category: Government
Was I deceivd or did a sable cloud Turn forth her silver lining on the night?
John Milton Category: Sky
Men of most renowned virtue have sometimes by transgressing most truly kept the law.
John Milton Category: Civil
For neither man nor angel can discern Hypocrisy the only evil that walks Invisible except to God alone.
John Milton Category: Hypocrisy
Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.
John Milton Category: Better
Peace hath her victories no less renowned than War.
John Milton Category: Peace
When I consider how my light is spent Ere half my days in this dark world and wide And that one talent which is death to hide Lodged with me useless though my soul more bent To serve therewith my Maker and present My true account lest He returning chide Doth God exact day-labour light denied? I fondly ask; But patience to prevent That murmur soon replies God doth not need Either mans work or his own gifts. Who best Bear His mild yoke they serve Him best. His state Is kingly: thousands at His bidding speed And post oer land and ocean without rest; They also serve who only stand and wait.
John Milton Category: Rest
What in me is dark Illumine what is low raise and support That to the height of this great argument I may assert eternal Providence And justify the ways of God to men.
John Milton Category: God
For solitude sometimes is best society And short retirement urges sweet return.
John Milton Category: Solitude
Where there is much desire to learn there of necessity will be much arguing much writing many opinions; for opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making.
John Milton Category: Opinion
A thousand fantasies Begin to throng into my memory Of calling shapes and beckning shadows dire And airy tongues that syllable mens names On sands and shores and desert wildernesses.
John Milton Category: Fantasy
He that studieth revenge keepeth his own wounds green which otherwise would heal and do well.
John Milton Category: Revenge
Vane young in years but in sage counsel old Than whom a better senator neer held The helm of Rome when gowns not arms repelled The fierce Epirot and the African bold Whether to settle peace or to unfold The drift of hollow states hard to be spelled Then to advise how war may best upheld Move by her two main nerves iron and gold In all her equipage; besides to know Both spiritual power and civil what each means What severs each thou hast learned which few have done: The bounds of either sword to thee we owe: Therefore on thy firm hand Religion leans In peace and reckons thee her eldest son.
John Milton Category: Age
Good the more communicated more abundant grows.
John Milton Category: Good
Here we may reign secure; and in my choice To reign is worth ambition though in hell: Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.
John Milton Category: Devil
Thousands at his bidding speed And post oer land and ocean without rest; They also serve who only stand and wait.
John Milton Category: Without
The childhood shows the man As morning shows the day.
John Milton Category: Children
T is chastity my brother chastity: She that has that is clad in complete steel.
John Milton Category: Chastity
What though the field be lost? All is not lost; th unconquerable will And study of revenge immortal hate And courage never to submit or yield.
John Milton Category: Determination
When night Darkens the streets then wander forth the sons Of Belial flown with insolence and wine.
John Milton Category: Alcohol
Hail wedded love mysterious law true source Of human offspring sole propriety In Paradise of all things common else....
John Milton Category: Marriage
In those vernal seasons of the year when the air is calm And pleasant it were an injury and sullenness against nature not to go out and see her riches and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth.
John Milton Category: Calm
Daughter to that good Earl once President Of Englands Council and her Treasury Who lived in both unstained with gold or fee And left them both more in himself content Till sad the breaking of that Parliament Broke him as that dishonest victory At Chaeronea fatal to liberty Killed with report that old man eloquent. Though later born than to have known the days Wherein your father flourished yet by you Madam methinks I see him living yet; So well your words his noble virtues praise That all both judge you to relate them true And to possess them honoured Margaret.
John Milton Category: Virtue
Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.
John Milton Category: Music
How charming is divine philosophy! Not harsh and crabbed as dull fools suppose But musical as is Apollos lute And a perpetual feast of nectard sweets Where no crude surfeit reigns.
John Milton Category: Philosophy
I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue unexercised and unbreathed that never sallies out and sees her adversary but slinks out of the race where that immortal garland is to be run for not without dust and heat.
John Milton Category: Monastery
Books are not absolutely dead things but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.
John Milton Category: Book
He who reigns within himself and rules passions desires and fears is more than a king.
John Milton Category: Fear
Who overcomes By force hath overcome but half his foe.
John Milton Category: Force
Money brings honor friends conquest and realms.
John Milton Category: Money
That power Which erring men call Chance.
John Milton Category: Chance
Haste thee Nymph and bring with thee Jest and youthful Jollity Quips and Cranks and wanton Wiles Nods and Becks and wreathed Smiles.
John Milton Category: Romance
Yet beauty though injurious hath strange power After offence returning to regain Love once possessd.
John Milton Category: Beauty
With eyes Of conjugal attraction unreprov'd. Imparadised in one another's arms. With thee conversing I forget all time. And feel that I am happier than I know.
John Milton Category: Happiness
Those graceful acts Those thousand decencies that daily flow From all her words and actions.
John Milton Category: Action
For evil news rides post while good news baits.
John Milton Category: News
Leaves have their time to fall And flowers to wither at the north-winds breath And stars to set; but all Thou hast all seasons for thine own O Death!
John Milton Category: Death
So farewell hope and with hope farewell fear Farewell remorse; all good to me is lost. Evil be thou my good.
John Milton Category: Evil
He who would not be frustrate of his hope to write well hereafter in laudable things ought himself to be a true poem.
John Milton Category: Poetry
Methinks I see in my mind a noble and puissant nation rousing herself like a strong man after sleep and shaking her invincible locks; methinks I see her as an eagle mewing her mighty youth and kindling her undazzled eyes at the full midday beam.
John Milton Category: Nation
Yet I argue not Against Heavns hand or will nor bate a jot Of heart or hope; but still bear up and steer Right onward.
John Milton Category: Fate
Servant of God well done well hast thou fought The better fight who singly has maintained Against revolted multitudes the cause Of truth in word mightier than they in arms.
John Milton Category: Servant
The first and wisest of them all professed To know this only that he nothing knew.
John Milton Category: Knowledge
Accuse not Nature: she hath done her part; Do thou but thine.
John Milton Category: Nature
Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature God's image but thee who destroys a good book kills reason its self.
John Milton Category: Unsorted
Give me the liberty to know to utter and to argue freely according to conscience above all liberties.
John Milton Category: Liberty
Beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies.
John Milton Category: Quiet
Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth Unseen both when we wake and when we sleep.
John Milton Category: Spirit
He that can apprehend and consider vice with all her baits and seeming pleasures and yet abstain and yet distinguish and yet prefer that which is truly better he is the true wayfaring Christian. I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue unexercised and unbreathed that never sallies out and sees her adversary but slinks out of the race where that immortal garland is to be run for not without dust and heat. Assuredly we bring not innocence into the world we bring impurity much rather: that which purifies us is trial and trial is by what is contrary.
John Milton Category: Vice
To know That which before us lies in daily life Is the prime wisdom.
John Milton Category: Wisdom
O dark dark dark amid the blaze of noon Irrecoverably dark total eclipse Without all hope of day!
John Milton Category: Sun
Which way shall I fly Infinite wrath and infinite despair? Which way I fly is hell; myself am hell; And in the lowest deep a lower deep Still threatning to devour me opens wide To which the hell I suffer seems a heaven.
John Milton Category: Heaven
No light but rather darkness visible.
John Milton Category: Light
Nor love thy life nor hate; but what thou livst Live well: how long or short permit to heaven.
John Milton Category: Live
A grateful mind By owing owes not but still pays at once Indebted and dischargd.
John Milton Category: Gratitude