John Milton

1608 - 1674

A Quote by John Milton on anger, art, bliss, deed, friendship, hope, pity, purity, shame, truth, and youth

Lady, that in the prime of earliest youth Wisely hast shunned the broad way and the green, And with those few art eminently seen, That labour up the hill of heavenly truth, The better part with Mary and with Ruth Chosen thou hast; and they that overween, And at thy growing virtues fret their spleen, No anger find in thee, but pity and ruth. Thy care is fixed, and zealously attends To fill thy odorous lamp with deeds of light, And hope that reaps not shame. Therefore be sure Thou, when the Bridegroom with His feastful friends Passes to bliss at the mid hour of night, Hast gained thy entrance, Virgin wise and pure.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Sonnet IX: To a Virtuous Young Lady

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A Quote by John Milton on force and overcoming

Who overcomes By force, hath overcome but half his foe.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 648.

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A Quote by John Milton on lies, life, and wisdom

Not to know at large of things remote From us, obscure and subtle, but to know That which before us lies in daily life Is the prime wisdom.

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A Quote by John Milton on rhetoric and wit

Enjoy your dear wit and gay rhetoric, That hath so well been taught her dazzling fence.

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Source: Comus. Line 790.

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A Quote by John Milton on mind

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A grateful mind By owing owes not, but still pays, at once Indebted and discharg'd.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Paradise Lost. Book iv. Line 55.

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A Quote by John Milton on earth and heaven

A heaven on earth.

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Source: Paradise Lost. Book iv. Line 208.

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A Quote by John Milton on boldness, gold, learning, peace, power, religion, sage, sons, spirituality, and war

Vane, young in years, but in sage counsel old, Than whom a better senator ne'er held The helm of Rome, when gowns, not arms, repelled The fierce Epirot and the African bold, Whether to settle peace, or to unfold The drift of hollow states hard to be spelled, Then to advise how war may, best upheld, Move by her two main nerves, iron and gold, In all her equipage; besides to know Both spiritual power and civil, what each means, What severs each, thou hast learned, which few have done: The bounds of either sword to thee we owe: Therefore on thy firm hand Religion leans In peace, and reckons thee her eldest son.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Sonnet XVII, To Sir Henry Vane the Younger

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A Quote by John Milton on beginning, birds, charm, day, earth, gloom, inferiority, influence, kiss, needs, peace, shame, wonder, world, and elightenment

But peaceful was the night Wherein the Prince of Light His reign of peace upon the earth began. The winds with wonder whist, Smoothly the waters kiss, Whispering new joys to the mild Ocean,- Who now hath quite forgot to rave, While birds of calm sit brooding on the charmed wave. The stars, with deep amaze, Stand fixed in steadfast gaze, Bending one way their precious influence; And will not take their flight, For all the morning light, Or Lucifer that often warmed them thence; But in their glimmering orbs did glow, Until their Lord himself bespake, and bid them go. And, though the shady gloom Had given day her room, The sun himself withheld his wonted speed, And hid his head for shame, As his inferior flame The new-enlightened world no more should need: He saw a greater Sun appear Than his bright throne or burning axeltree could bear.

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Source: The Peaceful Night

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A Quote by John Milton on cheerfulness, day, god, good, laws, learning, life, repentance, rest, and time

Cyriac, whose grandsire on the royal bench Of British Themis, with no mean applause Pronounced and in his volumes taught our laws, Which others at their bar so often wrench; Today deep thoughts resolve with me to drench In mirth, that after no repenting draws; Let Euclid rest and Archimedes pause, And what the Swede intends, and what the French. To measure life learn thou betimes, and know Toward solid good what leads the nearest way; For other things mild Heav'n a time ordains, And disapproves that care, though wise in show, That with superfluous burden loads the day, And, when God sends a cheerful hour, refrains.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Sonnet XXI, To Cyriac Skinner

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A Quote by John Milton on peace and war

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Peace hath her victories No less renown'd than war.

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