John Donne

1572 - 1631

A Quote by John Donne on eternity and time

Eternity is not an everlasting flux of time, but time is as a short parenthesis in a long period.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Devotions

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A Quote by John Donne on death, eternity, pictures, and soul

Death be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not soe,
For, those, whom thou think'st, thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill mee.
From rest and sleepe, which but thy pictures bee,
Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee doe goe,
Rest of their bones, and soules deliverie.
Thou art slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell,
And poppie, or charmes can make us sleepe as well,
And better then thy stroake; why swell'st thou then?
One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: http://quotations.about.com Death Be Not Proud

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A Quote by John Donne on life

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All mankind is one volume. When one man dies, a chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language. And every chapter must be translated. God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice. But God's hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again for that library where every book shall live open to one another

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: "84 Charing Cross Road"

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A Quote by John Donne

Any man's death diminishes me, for I am involved in mankind; therefore do not send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee!

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

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A Quote by John Donne on love, tristan, and hippocrates

My face in thine eye, thine in mine appears,
And true plain hearts do in the faces rest;
Where can we find two better hemispheres
Without sharp north, without declining west?
Whatever dies, was not mix'd equally;
If our two loves be one, or thou and I
Love so alike that none can slacken, none can die.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: The Good Morrow

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A Quote by John Donne

We think that Paradise and Calvary Christ's cross and Adam's tree, stood in one place; Look, Lord and find both Adams met in me: As the first Adam's sweat surrounds my face, may the last Adam's blood my soul embrace

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

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A Quote by John Donne on body, love, mystery, and soul

This Extasie doth unperplex (We said) and tell us what we love, Wee see by this, it was not sexe, Wee see, we saw not what did move: But as all severall soules contain Mixture of things, they know not what, Love, these mixt souls, doth mixe againe. Loves mysteries in soules doe grow, But yet the body is his booke.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: The Extasie, c. 1593-1601

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A Quote by John Donne on christ, death, jesus, and love

Love is strong as death; but nothing else is as strong as either; and both, love and death, met in Christ. How strong and powerful upon you, then, should that instruction be, that comes to you from both these, the love and death of Jesus Christ!

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

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A Quote by John Donne on destruction, enemies, friendship, love, and vices

I do not love a man, except I hate his vices, because those vices are the enemies, and the destruction of that friend whom I love.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Donne's Prebend Sermons, p. 177

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A Quote by John Donne on love

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Who ever loves, if he do not propose The right true end of love, he's one that goes To sea for nothing but to make him sick.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Elegies, no. 18, Love's Progress

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