John Donne

1572 - 1631

A Quote by John Donne on birth and death

Doth not a man die even in his birth? The breaking of prison is death, and what is our birth, but a breaking of prison?

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Sermons, 1619

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A Quote by John Donne on men, pleasure, rest, sleep, and soul

From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be, Much pleasure, then from thee much more, must flow, And soonest our best men with thee do go, Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Holy Sonnets, No. 10, L 5

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A Quote by John Donne on death, past, and sleep

One short sleep past, we wake eternally, And Death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Holy Sonnets, No. 10, L 13

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A Quote by John Donne on death and god

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I shall not live 'till I see God; and when I have seen Him, I shall never die.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

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A Quote by John Donne on beauty and grace

No spring, nor summer beauty hath such grace As I have seen in one autumnal face.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Elegies, no. 9, The Autumnal, 1.

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A Quote by John Donne on children, devil, and past

Go, and catch a falling star, Get with child a mandrake root, Tell me, where all past years are, Or who cleft the Devil's foot. Teach me to hear mermaids singing.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Song, "Go and Catch a Falling Star,” St. 1, [modern spelling]

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A Quote by John Donne on children, envy, honesty, and past

Goe and catche a falling starre, Get with child a mandrake root, Tell me, where all past yeares are, Or who cleft the Divel's foot. Teach me to hear Mermaides' singing, Or to keep of envies stinging, And finde What winde Serves to advance an honest minde.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Song, "Go and Catch a Falling Star,” St. 1, [original spelling]

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A Quote by John Donne

Though she were true, when you met her, And last, till you write your letter, Yet she Will be False, ere I come, to two, or three.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Song, "Go and Catch a Falling Star,” St. 3

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A Quote by John Donne on life and women

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And swear No where Lives a woman true, and fair.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Song, "Go and Catch a Falling Star,” St. 2

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A Quote by John Donne on change, eternity, joy, and life

. . . Change is the nursery Of musicke, joy, life and eternity.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Change, an Elegy, c.1593-98

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