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John Dryden Quote: “We first make our habits, then our habits make us.”

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.

— John Dryden



John Dryden Quote: “Beware the fury of a patient man.”

Beware the fury of a patient man.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “I’m a little wounded, but I am not slain; I will lay me down to bleed a while. Then I’ll rise and fight again.”

I’m a little wounded, but I am not slain; I will lay me down to bleed a while. Then I’ll rise and fight again.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Dead men tell no tales.”

Dead men tell no tales.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “For all the happiness mankind can gain Is not in pleasure, but in rest from pain.”

For all the happiness mankind can gain Is not in pleasure, but in rest from pain.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “They think too little who talk too much.”

They think too little who talk too much.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Sweet is pleasure after pain.”

Sweet is pleasure after pain.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “None but the brave deserve the fair.”

None but the brave deserve the fair.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “For they conquer who believe they can.”

For they conquer who believe they can.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Self-defense is Nature’s eldest law.”

Self-defense is Nature’s eldest law.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Virtue in distress, and vice in triumph make atheists of mankind.”

Virtue in distress, and vice in triumph make atheists of mankind.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.”

Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Mighty things from small beginnings grow.”

Mighty things from small beginnings grow.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “All, as they say, that glitters is not gold.”

All, as they say, that glitters is not gold.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Second thoughts, they say, are best.”

Second thoughts, they say, are best.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “My heart’s so full of joy, That I shall do some wild extravagance Of love in public; and the foolish world, Which knows not tenderness, will think me mad.”

My heart’s so full of joy, That I shall do some wild extravagance Of love in public; and the foolish world, Which knows not tenderness, will think me mad.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Faith is to believe what you do not yet see: the reward for this faith is to see what you believe. Thus all below is strength, and all above is grace.”

Faith is to believe what you do not yet see: the reward for this faith is to see what you believe. Thus all below is strength, and all above is grace.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Zeal, the blind conductor of the will.”

Zeal, the blind conductor of the will.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul.”

Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “He who would search for pearls must dive below.”

He who would search for pearls must dive below.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Who climbs the grammar-tree, distinctly knows Where noun, and verb, and participle grows.”

Who climbs the grammar-tree, distinctly knows Where noun, and verb, and participle grows.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Satire is a kind of poetry in which human vices are reprehended.”

Satire is a kind of poetry in which human vices are reprehended.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “O freedom, first delight of human kind!”

O freedom, first delight of human kind!

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Words are but pictures of our thoughts.”

Words are but pictures of our thoughts.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Be slow to resolve, but quick in performance.”

Be slow to resolve, but quick in performance.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Love reckons hours for months, and days for years; and every little absence is an age.”

Love reckons hours for months, and days for years; and every little absence is an age.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Secret guilt is by silence revealed.”

Secret guilt is by silence revealed.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “A fiery soul, which, working out its way, Fretted the pygmy-body to decay, And o’er-inform’d the tenement of clay. A daring pilot in extremity; Pleas’d with the danger, when the waves went high He sought the storms.”

A fiery soul, which, working out its way, Fretted the pygmy-body to decay, And o’er-inform’d the tenement of clay. A daring pilot in extremity; Pleas’d with the danger, when the waves went high He sought the storms.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Here lies my wife: here let her lie! Now she’s at rest, and so am I.”

Here lies my wife: here let her lie! Now she’s at rest, and so am I.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “It is sufficient to say, according to the proverb, that here is God’s plenty.”

It is sufficient to say, according to the proverb, that here is God’s plenty.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Home is the sacred refuge of our life.”

Home is the sacred refuge of our life.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Death in itself is nothing; but we fear to be we know not what, we know not where.”

Death in itself is nothing; but we fear to be we know not what, we know not where.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “And plenty makes us poor.”

And plenty makes us poor.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Politicians neither love nor hate.”

Politicians neither love nor hate.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “The elephant is never won by anger; nor must that man who would reclaim a lion take him by the teeth.”

The elephant is never won by anger; nor must that man who would reclaim a lion take him by the teeth.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “What passion cannot music raise and quell!”

What passion cannot music raise and quell!

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Bold knaves thrive without one grain of sense, But good men starve for want of impudence.”

Bold knaves thrive without one grain of sense, But good men starve for want of impudence.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well; the chiefest part of which is to observe those excellencies which delight a reasonable reader.”

Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well; the chiefest part of which is to observe those excellencies which delight a reasonable reader.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide.”

Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Democracy is essentially anti-authoritarian – that is, it not only demands the right but imposes the responsibility of thinking for ourselves.”

Democracy is essentially anti-authoritarian – that is, it not only demands the right but imposes the responsibility of thinking for ourselves.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “If passion rules, how weak does reason prove!”

If passion rules, how weak does reason prove!

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Every language is so full of its own proprieties that what is beautiful in one is often barbarous, nay, sometimes nonsense, in another.”

Every language is so full of its own proprieties that what is beautiful in one is often barbarous, nay, sometimes nonsense, in another.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “An horrible stillness first invades our ear, And in that silence we the tempest fear.”

An horrible stillness first invades our ear, And in that silence we the tempest fear.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “He has not learned the first lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.”

He has not learned the first lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Confidence is the feeling we have before knowing all the facts.”

Confidence is the feeling we have before knowing all the facts.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Good sense and good nature are never separated; and good nature is the product of right reason.”

Good sense and good nature are never separated; and good nature is the product of right reason.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “Music, Music for a while Shall all your cares beguile. Alexander’s Feast.”

Music, Music for a while Shall all your cares beguile. Alexander’s Feast.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “But love’s a malady without a cure.”

But love’s a malady without a cure.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “And love’s the noblest frailty of the mind.”

And love’s the noblest frailty of the mind.

— John Dryden


John Dryden Quote: “All delays are dangerous in war.”

All delays are dangerous in war.

— John Dryden

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