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John Milton Quotes

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John Milton
December 9, 1608 - November 8, 1674
Nationality: English
Category: Poet
Subcategory: English Poet

Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.


Love-quarrels oft in pleasing concord end.


He that studieth revenge keepeth his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.


Let not England forget her precedence of teaching nations how to live.


Nothing profits more than self-esteem, grounded on what is just and right.


A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit.


When complaints are freely heard, deeply considered and speedily reformed, then is the utmost bound of civil liberty attained that wise men look for.


The superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity and many deeds of the past, in order to strengthen his character thereby.


The stars, that nature hung in heaven, and filled their lamps with everlasting oil, give due light to the misled and lonely traveller.


Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image, but thee who destroys a good book, kills reason its self.


For what can war, but endless war, still breed?


To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable.


None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but licence.


Confusion heard his voice, and wild uproar Stood ruled, stood vast infinitude confined; Till at his second bidding darkness fled, Light shone, and order from disorder sprung.


They also serve who only stand and wait.


Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.


Beauty is nature's brag, and must be shown in courts, at feasts, and high solemnities, where most may wonder at the workmanship.


True it is that covetousness is rich, modesty starves.


Virtue could see to do what Virtue would by her own radiant light, though sun and moon where in the flat sea sunk.


Deep-versed in books and shallow in himself.


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