John Milton

1608 - 1674

A Quote by John Milton on birds, day, heart, hope, love, power, reason, rudeness, and success

To the Nightingale O Nightingale! that on yon bloomy spray Warblest at eve, when all the woods are still, Thou with fresh hope the lover's heart dost fill, While the jolly hours lead on propitious May. Thy liquid notes that close the eye of day, First heard before the shallow cuckoo's bill, Portend success in love; O, if Jove's will Have linked that amorous power to thy soft lay, Now timely sing, ere the rude bird of hate Foretell my hopeless doom in some grove nigh; As thou from year to year hast sung too late For my relief, yet hadst no reason why: Whether the Muse, or Love, call thee his mate, Both them I serve, and of their train am I.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: To the Nightingale

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A Quote by John Milton on complaints, hope, liberty, men, and world

For this is not the liberty which we can hope, that no grievance ever should arise in the Commonwealth, that let no man in this world expect; but when complaints are freely heard, deeply considered, and speedily reformed, then is the utmost bound of civil liberty attained that wise men look for.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Areopagitica

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A Quote by John Milton on argument, conscience, and liberty

Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience above all liberties.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Areopagitica

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A Quote by John Milton on good, liberty, and love

License they mean when they cry Liberty; For who loves that, must first be wise and good.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Sonnet XII, On the Detraction which followed upon my writing certain Treatises.

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A Quote by John Milton on day

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From morn To noon he fell, from noon to dewy eve,-- A summer's day; and with the setting sun Dropp'd from the Zenith like a falling star.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 742.

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A Quote by John Milton on cities and liberty

Behold now this vast city [London]; a city of refuge, the mansion-house of liberty, encompassed and surrounded with His protection.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Areopagitica

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A Quote by John Milton on women

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A bevy of fair women.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Paradise Lost. Book xi. Line 582.

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A Quote by John Milton on philosophy and wisdom

Vain wisdom all, and false philosophy.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 565.

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A Quote by John Milton on books, fatherhood, learning, lies, motherhood, mountains, purity, saints, truth, and tyranny

Avenge, O Lord, Thy slaughtered saints, whose bones Lie scattered on the Alpine mountains cold; Ev'n them who kept Thy truth so pure of old, When all our fathers worshipped stocks and stones, Forget not: In Thy book record their groans Who were Thy sheep, and in their ancient fold Slain by the bloody Piemontese that rolled Mother with infant down the rocks. Their moans The vales redoubled to the hills, and they To Heav'n. Their martyred blood and ashes sow O'er all th' Italian fields, where still doth sway The triple tyrant; that from these may grow A hundred-fold, who having learned Thy way Early may fly the Babylonian woe.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Sonnet XVIII, On the late Massacre in Piemont

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A Quote by John Milton on good and men

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None But such as are good men can give good things, And that which is not good, is not delicious To a well-govern'd and wise appetite.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Comus

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