Sir John Denham

1615 - 1668

A Quote by Sir John Denham on action and age

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Actions of the last age are like almanacs of the last year.

Sir John Denham (1615 - 1668)

Source: The Sophy. A Tragedy.

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A Quote by Sir John Denham on clarity

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Oh, could I flow like thee, and make thy stream My great example, as it is my theme! Though deep, yet clear; though gentle, yet not dull; Strong without rage; without o'erflowing, full.

Sir John Denham (1615 - 1668)

Source: Cooper's Hill. Line 189.

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A Quote by Sir John Denham on abuse, civilization, and words

The man who first abused his fellows with swear-words instead of bashing their brains out with a club should be counted among those who laid the foundations of civilization.

Sir John Denham (1615 - 1668)

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A Quote by Sir John Denham on exploring, gold, guilt, and wealth

Though with those streams he no resemblance hold, Whose foam is amber and their gravel gold; His genuine and less guilty wealth t' explore, Search not his bottom, but survey his shore.

Sir John Denham (1615 - 1668)

Source: Cooper's Hill. Line 165.

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A Quote by Sir John Denham on brothers, fame, guilt, men, needs, security, and sons

But whither am I strayed? I need not raise Trophies to thee from other men's dispraise; Nor is thy fame on lesser ruins built; Nor needs thy juster title the foul guilt Of Eastern kings, who, to secure their reign, Must have their brothers, sons, and kindred slain.

Sir John Denham (1615 - 1668)

Source: On Mr. John Fletcher's Works.

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