John Sheffield

1648 - 1721

A Quote by John Sheffield, Duke of Buckinghamshire and Normanby on books, needs, persistence, and prose

Read Homer once and you can read no more; For all books else appear so mean, so poor, Verse will seem prose; but still persist to read, And Homer will be all the books you need.

John Sheffield (1648 - 1721)

Source: Essay on Poetry, 1682

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A Quote by John Sheffield, Duke of Buckinghamshire and Normanby on nature and writing

Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.

John Sheffield (1648 - 1721)

Source: Essay on Poetry, 1682

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A Quote by John Sheffield, Duke of Buckinghamshire and Normanby on nature and world

There's no such thing in Nature, and you'll draw A faultless monster which the world ne'er saw.

John Sheffield (1648 - 1721)

Source: Essay on Poetry, 1682

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A Quote by John Sheffield, Duke of Buckinghamshire and Normanby on anger and love

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And when I feigned an angry look, Alas, I loved you best.

John Sheffield (1648 - 1721)

Source: The Reconcilement, 1791

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