John Donne

1572 - 1631

A Quote by John Donne on poetry

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I am two fools, I know, For loving, and for saying so In whining poetry.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: The Triple Fool, st. 1

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A Quote by John Donne

Who are a little wise, the best fools be.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: The Triple Fool, st. 2

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A Quote by John Donne on love

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And dare love that, and say so too, And forget the He and She.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: The Undertaking, st. 5

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A Quote by John Donne on god and marriage

What gnashing is not a comfort, what gnawing of the worm is not a tickling, what torment is not a marriage bed to this damnation, to be secluded eternally, eternally, eternally from the sight of God?

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: LXXX Sermons, 1640, no. 76, preached to the Earl of Carlisle, c. autumn 1622

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A Quote by John Donne on art, chance, charm, death, fate, men, past, pleasure, rest, slavery, sleep, soul, and war

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so; For those, whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow, Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me. 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. 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? 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 1

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A Quote by John Donne

Those set our hairs, but these our flesh upright.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Elegy XIX, To His Mistress Going to Bed, 24

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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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