201. “I think it mercy if Thou wilt forget.”
— John Donne
202. “Great sins are great possessions; but levities and vanities possess us too; and men had rather part with Christ than with any possession.”
203. “The force of originality “that made Donne so potent an influence in the seventeenth century makes him now at once for us, without his being the less felt as of his period, contemporary – obviously a living poet in the most important sense.” In “The Good-Morrow” Leavis said that.”
204. “There is hook in every benefit, that sticks in his jaws that takes that benefit, and draws him whither the benefactor will.”
205. “As states subsist in part by keeping their weaknesses from being known, so is it the quiet of families to have their chancery and their parliament within doors, and to compose and determine all emergent differences there.”
206. “As Sicknesse is the greatest misery, so the greatest misery of sicknes is solitude; when the infectiousness of the disease deterss them who should assist from coming; even the Phisician dares scarse come... it is an Outlawry, and excommunication upon the patient...”
207. “Contemplative and bookish men must of necessity be more quarrelsome than others, because neither do they contend about matters of fact nor can they determine their controversies by any certain witnesses or judges.”
208. “No man is an island entirely of itself. Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.”
209. “Dull sublunary lovers love.”
210. “You are earth; he whom you tread upon is no less, and he that treads upon you is no more.”
211. “Every woman is a science; for he that plods upon a woman all his life long, shall at length finde himself short of the knowledge of her.”
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