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John Milton quotes (62)

Money brings honor friends conquest and realms.
John Milton   Category: Money

For solitude sometimes is best society And short retirement urges sweet return.
John Milton   Category: Solitude

Men of most renowned virtue have sometimes by transgressing most truly kept the law.
John Milton   Category: Civil

O dark dark dark amid the blaze of noon Irrecoverably dark total eclipse Without all hope of day!
John Milton   Category: Sun

For evil news rides post while good news baits.
John Milton   Category: News

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

Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth Unseen both when we wake and when we sleep.
John Milton   Category: Spirit

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

To-morrow to fresh woods and pastures new.
John Milton   Category: Tomorrow

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

Good the more communicated more abundant grows.
John Milton   Category: Good

Just are the ways of God And justifiable to men; Unless there be who think not God at all.
John Milton   Category: Atheism

For neither man nor angel can discern Hypocrisy the only evil that walks Invisible except to God alone.
John Milton   Category: Hypocrisy

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

No light but rather darkness visible.
John Milton   Category: Light

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

Accuse not Nature: she hath done her part; Do thou but thine.
John Milton   Category: Nature

Beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies.
John Milton   Category: Quiet

Give me the liberty to know to utter and to argue freely according to conscience above all liberties.
John Milton   Category: Liberty

Was I deceivd or did a sable cloud Turn forth her silver lining on the night?
John Milton   Category: Sky

A grateful mind By owing owes not but still pays at once Indebted and dischargd.
John Milton   Category: Gratitude

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

What hath night to do with sleep?
John Milton   Category: Night

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

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

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

Those graceful acts Those thousand decencies that daily flow From all her words and actions.
John Milton   Category: Action

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

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

Nor love thy life nor hate; but what thou livst Live well: how long or short permit to heaven.
John Milton   Category: Live

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

Grace was in all her steps heaven in her eye In every gesture dignity and love.
John Milton   Category: Government

Who overcomes By force hath overcome but half his foe.
John Milton   Category: Force

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

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

Hail wedded love mysterious law true source Of human offspring sole propriety In Paradise of all things common else....
John Milton   Category: Marriage

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

T is chastity my brother chastity: She that has that is clad in complete steel.
John Milton   Category: Chastity

To know That which before us lies in daily life Is the prime wisdom.
John Milton   Category: Wisdom

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

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

Yet beauty though injurious hath strange power After offence returning to regain Love once possessd.
John Milton   Category: Beauty

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

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

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

Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.
John Milton   Category: Better

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

That power Which erring men call Chance.
John Milton   Category: Chance

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

When night Darkens the streets then wander forth the sons Of Belial flown with insolence and wine.
John Milton   Category: Alcohol

The first and wisest of them all professed To know this only that he nothing knew.
John Milton   Category: Knowledge

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

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

He who reigns within himself and rules passions desires and fears is more than a king.
John Milton   Category: Fear

He that studieth revenge keepeth his own wounds green which otherwise would heal and do well.
John Milton   Category: Revenge

Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.
John Milton   Category: Music

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

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

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

The childhood shows the man As morning shows the day.
John Milton   Category: Children

Peace hath her victories no less renowned than War.
John Milton   Category: Peace

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