John Donne

1572 - 1631

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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A Quote by John Donne on love, seasons, and time

Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime, Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: The Sun Rising, st 1

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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 gold and soul

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Our two souls therefore which are one, Though I must go, endure not yet A breach, but an expansion, Like gold to airy thinness beat.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: A Valediction Forbidding Mourning, st. 6

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A Quote by John Donne on soul

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Poor intricated soul! Riddling, perplexed, labyrinthical soul!

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Sermon XLVIII

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