John Donne

1572 - 1631

A Quote by John Donne on absence, art, darkness, death, emptiness, and love

For I am every dead thing In whom love wrought new alchemy For his art did express A quintessence even from nothingness, From dull privations, and lean emptiness He ruined me, and I am re-begot Of absence, darkness, death; things which are not.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: A Nocturnal upon St. Lucy's Day, being the shortest day, st. 2

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A Quote by John Donne on clothes, colors, and love

But he who loveliness within Hath found, all outward loathes, For he who color loves, and skin, Loves but their oldest clothes.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: The Undertaking, st. 4

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A Quote by John Donne on god and world

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It is too little to call man a little world; Except God, man is a diminutive to nothing.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Meditations, Mediation IV

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A Quote by John Donne on death and mankind

Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Devotions

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A Quote by John Donne

I do nothing upon myself, and yet am mine own executioner.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Devotions XII

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A Quote by John Donne on soul

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If they be two, they are two so As stiff twin compasses are two, Thy soul the fixt foot, makes no show To move, but doth, if the other do.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: A Valediction Forbidding Mourning, st. 7

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A Quote by John Donne on lies, lovers, purity, and soul

That subtle knot which makes us man: So must pure lovers' souls descend T' affections, and to faculties, Which sense may reach and apprehend, Else a great Prince in prison lies.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: The Extasy, L 64

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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 darkness, day, lies, and love

Tis true, 'tis day; what though it be? O wilt thou therefore rise from me? Why should we rise, because 'tis light? Did we lie down, because 'twas night? Love which in spite of darkness brought us hither Should in despite of light keep us together.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Break of Day, st. I

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A Quote by John Donne on world

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I am a little world made cunningly Of elements, and an angelic sprite.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Holy Sonnets, no. 5

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