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John Donne Quote: “No man is an island unto himself.”

No man is an island unto himself.

— John Donne



John Donne Quote: “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.”

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “For God’s sake hold your tongue, and let me love.”

For God’s sake hold your tongue, and let me love.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Death comes equally to us all, and makes us all equal when it comes.”

Death comes equally to us all, and makes us all equal when it comes.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.”

No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Batter my heart, three-personed God, for you As yet but knock; breathe, shine, and seek to mend; That I may rise, and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new.”

Batter my heart, three-personed God, for you As yet but knock; breathe, shine, and seek to mend; That I may rise, and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies.”

Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Death, thou shalt die.”

Death, thou shalt die.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so. For, those, whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow. Die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me.”

Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so. For, those, whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow. Die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me.

— John Donne



John Donne Quote: “In heaven it is always autumn.”

In heaven it is always autumn.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Death is an ascension to a better library.”

Death is an ascension to a better library.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “As he that fears God fears nothing else, so he that sees God sees everything else.”

As he that fears God fears nothing else, so he that sees God sees everything else.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “When one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language.”

When one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “As God loves a cheerful giver, so he also loves a cheerful taker. Who takes hold of his gifts with a glad heart.”

As God loves a cheerful giver, so he also loves a cheerful taker. Who takes hold of his gifts with a glad heart.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Yesternight the sun went hence, And yet is here today.”

Yesternight the sun went hence, And yet is here today.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Be more than man, or thou’rt less than an ant.”

Be more than man, or thou’rt less than an ant.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “But I do nothing upon myself, and yet I am my own executioner.”

But I do nothing upon myself, and yet I am my own executioner.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Be thine own palace, or the world’s thy jail.”

Be thine own palace, or the world’s thy jail.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Only our love hath no decay; this, no tomorrow hath, nor yesterday, running it never runs from us away, but truly keeps his first, last, everlasting day.”

Only our love hath no decay; this, no tomorrow hath, nor yesterday, running it never runs from us away, but truly keeps his first, last, everlasting day.

— John Donne



John Donne Quote: “I am a little world made cunningly.”

I am a little world made cunningly.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Love’s mysteries in souls do grow, But yet the body is his book.”

Love’s mysteries in souls do grow, But yet the body is his book.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “One short sleep past, we wake eternally, And Death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.”

One short sleep past, we wake eternally, And Death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “To be no part of any body, is to be nothing.”

To be no part of any body, is to be nothing.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Take me to you, imprison me, for I, except you enthrall me, never shall be free, nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.”

Take me to you, imprison me, for I, except you enthrall me, never shall be free, nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “For love all love of other sights controls and makes one little room an everywhere.”

For love all love of other sights controls and makes one little room an everywhere.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Pleasure is none, if not diversified.”

Pleasure is none, if not diversified.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “I throw myself down in my chamber, and I call in, and invite God, and his Angels thither, and when they are there, I neglect God and his Angels, for the noise of a fly, for the rattling of a coach, for the whining of a door.”

I throw myself down in my chamber, and I call in, and invite God, and his Angels thither, and when they are there, I neglect God and his Angels, for the noise of a fly, for the rattling of a coach, for the whining of a door.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “For I am every dead thing In whom love wrought new alchemy For his art did express A quintessence even from nothingness, From dull privations, and lean emptiness He ruined me, and I am re-begot Of absence, darkness, death; things which are not.”

For I am every dead thing In whom love wrought new alchemy For his art did express A quintessence even from nothingness, From dull privations, and lean emptiness He ruined me, and I am re-begot Of absence, darkness, death; things which are not.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it. No man hath affliction enough that is not matured and ripened by it and made fit for God.”

Affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it. No man hath affliction enough that is not matured and ripened by it and made fit for God.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “I sing the progress of a deathless soul.”

I sing the progress of a deathless soul.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Great sorrows cannot speak.”

Great sorrows cannot speak.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Then love is sin, and let me sinful be.”

Then love is sin, and let me sinful be.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Whoever loves, if he do not propose The right true end of love, he’s one that goes To sea for nothing but to make him sick.”

Whoever loves, if he do not propose The right true end of love, he’s one that goes To sea for nothing but to make him sick.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Our two souls therefore which are one, Though I must go, endure not yet A breach, but an expansion, Like gold to airy thinness beat.”

Our two souls therefore which are one, Though I must go, endure not yet A breach, but an expansion, Like gold to airy thinness beat.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “And swear No where Lives a woman true, and fair.”

And swear No where Lives a woman true, and fair.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “To know and feel all this and not have the words to express it makes a human a grave of his own thoughts.”

To know and feel all this and not have the words to express it makes a human a grave of his own thoughts.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “If ever any beauty I did see, Which I desired, and got, ’twas but a dream of thee.”

If ever any beauty I did see, Which I desired, and got, ’twas but a dream of thee.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Busy old fool, unruly Sun, why dost thou thus through windows and through curtains call on us? Must to thy motions lovers seasons run?”

Busy old fool, unruly Sun, why dost thou thus through windows and through curtains call on us? Must to thy motions lovers seasons run?

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Come live with me, and be my love, And we will some new pleasures prove Of golden sands, and crystal brooks, With silken lines, and silver hooks.”

Come live with me, and be my love, And we will some new pleasures prove Of golden sands, and crystal brooks, With silken lines, and silver hooks.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Who are a little wise the best fools be.”

Who are a little wise the best fools be.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Poetry is a counterfeit creation, and makes things that are not, as though they were.”

Poetry is a counterfeit creation, and makes things that are not, as though they were.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “I will not look upon the quickening sun, But straight her beauty to my sense shall run; The air shall note her soft, the fire most pure; Water suggest her clear, and the earth sure; Time shall not lose our passages.”

I will not look upon the quickening sun, But straight her beauty to my sense shall run; The air shall note her soft, the fire most pure; Water suggest her clear, and the earth sure; Time shall not lose our passages.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “All occasions invite His mercies, and all times are His seasons.”

All occasions invite His mercies, and all times are His seasons.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “What if this present were the world’s last night?”

What if this present were the world’s last night?

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Wicked is not much worse than indiscreet.”

Wicked is not much worse than indiscreet.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime, nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.”

Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime, nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “More than kisses, letters mingle souls.”

More than kisses, letters mingle souls.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “The day breaks not, it is my heart.”

The day breaks not, it is my heart.

— John Donne


John Donne Quote: “Though truth and falsehood be Near twins, yet truth a little elder is.”

Though truth and falsehood be Near twins, yet truth a little elder is.

— John Donne

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