John Donne

1572 - 1631

A Quote by John Donne on church and nobility

And when a whirl-winde hath blowne the dust of the Churchyard into the Church, and man sweeps out the dust of the Church into the Church-yard, who will undertake to sift those dusts again, and to pronounce, This is the Patrician, this is the noble flower, and this the yeomanly, this the Plebian bran.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Sermons, 1619

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A Quote by John Donne on art, chance, charm, fate, men, slavery, sleep, and war

Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men, And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell, And poppy, or charms, can make us sleep as well, And better than thy stroke. Why swell'st thou then?

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Holy Sonnets, No. 10

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A Quote by John Donne

Yesternight the sun went hence, And yet is here today.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Song (Sweetest Love, I Do Not Go) st. 2

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A Quote by John Donne on death, hope, love, and world

Sweetest love, I do not go, For weariness of thee, Nor in hope the world can show A fitter love for me; But since that I Must die at last, 'tis best, To use my self in jest Thus by feign'd deaths to die.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Song (Sweetest Love, I Do Not Go) st. 1

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A Quote by John Donne

The flea, though he kill none, he does all the harm he can.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, 1624, no. 12

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A Quote by John Donne on love

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Come live with me, and be my love, And we will some new pleasures prove Of golden sands, and crystal brooks, With silken lines, and silver hooks.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: The Bait, st. 1

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A Quote by John Donne on god and love

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I long to talk with some old lover's ghost, Who died before the god of love was born.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Love's Deity

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A Quote by John Donne on love and nature

Nature's lay idiot, I taught thee to love.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Elegies, no. 2, 7, Nature's Lay Idiot

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A Quote by John Donne on rest

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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?

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: The Good Morrow, st. 3

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A Quote by John Donne on death, love, sexes, and wit

The Phoenix riddle hath more wit By us, we two being one, are it. So to one neutral thing both sexes fit, We die and rise the same, and prove Mysterious by this love.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: The Canonization, st. 3

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