John Donne

1572 - 1631

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 christ and clarity

Show me, dear Christ, Thy spouse, so bright and clear.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Holy Sonnets, XVIII, 1

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A Quote by John Donne on body, chastity, honesty, integrity, justice, mind, modesty, purpose, reason, vices, virtue, and yielding

I call not that virginity a virtue, which resideth onely in the bodies integrity; much less if it be with a purpose of perpetually keeping it: for then it is a most inhumane vice. - But I call that Virginity a virtue which is willing and desirous to yield it self upon honest and lawfull terms, when just reason requireth; and until then, is kept with a modest chastity of body and mind.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Paradoxes and Problems, X

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A Quote by John Donne on sleep

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But think that we Are but turned aside to sleep.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Song (Sweetest Love, I Do Not Go) st. 5

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A Quote by John Donne

As well a well-wrought urn becomes The greatest ashes, as half-acre tombs.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: The Canonization, st. 4

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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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A Quote by John Donne on death, friendship, and mankind

No man is an Island, entire of it self; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; 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, XVII

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A Quote by John Donne

I have done one braver thing Than all the Worthies did; And yet a braver thence doth spring, Which is, to keep that hid.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: The Undertaking, st. I

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A Quote by John Donne on control, fear, good, love, soul, and world

And now good morrow to our waking souls, Which watch not one another out of fear; For love, all love of other sights controls, And makes one little room, an everywhere. Let sea-discoverers to new worlds have gone, Let maps to other, worlds on worlds have shown, Let us possess one world, each hath one, and is one.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: The Good Morrow, st. 2

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A Quote by John Donne on death

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When I died last, and dear, I die As often as from thee I go.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: The Legacy, st. 1

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