John Milton

1608 - 1674

A Quote by John Milton on war and world

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No war or battle sound Was heard the world around.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Hymn of Christ's Nativity, line 53.

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A Quote by John Milton on earth, heaven, nature, and seasons

In those vernal seasons of the year when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an injury and sullenness against nature not to go out and see her riches, and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Tractate of Education.

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A Quote by John Milton on darkness, day, death, gifts, god, needs, patience, rest, soul, talent, present, work, and world

When I consider how my light is spent, Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide, And that one talent which is death to hide Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent To serve therewith my Maker, and present My true account, lest He returning chide, "Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?" I fondly ask; But patience, to prevent That murmur, soon replies "God doth not need Either man's work or his own gifts. Who best Bear His mild yoke, they serve Him best. His state Is kingly: thousands at His bidding speed And post o'er land and ocean without rest; They also serve who only stand and wait."

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Sonnet XIX: On His Blindness

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A Quote by John Milton on books, good, life, purpose, and spirit

A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Areopagitica

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A Quote by John Milton on books, god, good, and reason

As good almost kill a man as kill a good book: who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Areopagitica

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A Quote by John Milton on books, death, life, and soul

Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Areopagitica

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A Quote by John Milton on books, certainty, death, life, and soul

Books are not . . . dead things, but do [contain a certain potency] of life in them . . . as active as that soul whose progeny they are; they preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy . . . of that living intellect that bred them.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

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A Quote by John Milton on gold

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A broad and ample road, whose dust is gold, And pavement stars,--as stars to thee appear Seen in the galaxy, that milky way Which nightly as a circling zone thou seest Powder'd with stars.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Paradise Lost. Book vii. Line 577.

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A Quote by John Milton on eternity, fatherhood, happiness, heaven, motherhood, peace, sons, and work

This is the month, and this the happy morn, Wherein the Son of Heaven's eternal King, Of wedded maid, and virgin mother born, Our great redemption from above did bring; For so the holy sages once did sing, That He our deadly forfeit should release, And with His Father work us a perpetual peace.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Hymn. One the Morning of Christ’s Nativity

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