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John Dryden
John Dryden

John Dryden Motivational Quotations:

  • “He who would search for pearls must dive below.”

  •  “Beware the fury of a patient man.”

  •  “The sooner you treat your son as a man, the sooner he will be one.”

  •  “Go miser go, for money sell your soul. Trade wares for wares and trudge from pole to pole, So others may say when you are dead and gone. See what a vast estate he left his son.”

  •  “Boldness is a mask for fear, however great.”

  •  “Dancing is the poetry of the foot.”

  •  “We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”

  •  “Fool that I was, upon my eagle's wings I bore this wren, till I was tired with soaring, and now he mounts above me.”

  •  “But far more numerous was the herd of such, Who think too little, and who talk too much.”

  •  “If you be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams - the more they are condensed the deeper they burn.”

  •  “For they conquer who believe they can.”

  •  “Only man clogs his happiness with care, destroying what is with thoughts of what may be”

  •  “Self-defence is Nature's eldest law.”

  •  “Words are but pictures of our thoughts.”

  •  “Love is not in our choice but in our fate.”

  •  “When I consider life, it is all a cheat. Yet fooled with hope, people favor this deceit.”

  •  “Happy the man, and happy he alone, he who can call today his own; he who, secure within, can say, tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.”

  •  “War is the trade of Kings.”

    John Dryden


  • “To die is landing on some distant shore.”

  •  “Love is love's reward.”

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

  •  “And love's the noblest frailty of the mind.”

  •  “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.”

  • “Pains of love be sweeter far than all other pleasures are.”

  •  “The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves.”

  •  “All things are subject to decay and when fate summons, monarchs must obey.”

  •  “The first is the law, the last prerogative.”

  •  “Beauty, like ice, our footing does betray; Who can tread sure on the smooth, slippery way: Pleased with the surface, we glide swiftly on, And see the dangers that we cannot shun.”

  •  “Ill habits gather unseen degrees, as brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.”

  •  “You see through love, and that deludes your sight, As what is straight seems crooked through the water.”

  •  “Roused by the lash of his  own stubborn tail our lion now will foreign foes assail.”

  •  “God never made His work for man to mend.”

  •  “All objects lose by too familiar a view.”

  •  “Let grace and goodness be the principal loadstone of thy affections. For love which hath ends, will have an end; whereas that which is founded on true virtue, will always continue.”

  •  “Love works a different way in different minds, the fool it enlightens and the wise it blinds.”

  •  “And plenty makes us poor.”

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

  •  “What passions cannot music raise or quell?”

  •  “Honor is but an empty bubble.”

  •  “It is madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because by herself she is nothing and is ruled by prudence.”

  •  “A knock-down argument; 'tis but a word and a blow.”

    John Dryden


  • “They that possess the prince possess the laws.”

  •  “Successful crimes alone are justified.”

  •  “Time, place, and action may with pains be wrought, but genius must be born; and never can be taught.”

  •  “Shame on the body for breaking down while the spirit perseveres.”

  •  “Seek not to know what must not be reveal, for joy only flows where fate is most concealed. A busy person would find their sorrows much more; if future fortunes were known before!”

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

  •  “By education most have been misled; So they believe, because they were bred. The priest continues where the nurse began, And thus the child imposes on the man.”

  •  “Genius must be born, and never can be taught.”

  •  “There is a pleasure in being mad which none but madmen know.”

  •  “Look around the inhabited world; how few know their own good, or knowing it, pursue.”

  •  “By education most have been misled; So they believe, because they were bred. The priest continues where the nurse began, And thus the child imposes on the man.”

  •  “Never was patriot yet, but was a fool.”

  •  “For truth has such a face and such a mien, as to be loved needs only to be seen.”

  •  “But love's a malady without a cure.”

  •  “All heiresses are beautiful.”

  •  “Forgiveness to the injured does belong; but they ne'er pardon who have done wrong.”

  •  “Repentance is but want of power to sin.”

  • “Even victors are by victories undone.”




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