John Dryden

John Dryden (19 August 1631 - 12 May 1700 ) was an influential English poet, literary critic, and playwright. He was Poet Laureate, 1668-1689.
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When I consider life, 't is all a cheat.Yet, fooled by hope, men favour the deceit; trust on, and think to-morrow will repay: to-morrow's falser than the former day.

John Dryden

There is a pleasure sure in being mad, which none but madmen know!

John Dryden

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

John Dryden

And thus the child imposes on the man.

John Dryden

Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow; he who would search for pearls must dive below.

John Dryden

Better shun the bait, than struggle in the snare.

John Dryden

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

John Dryden

And love's the noblest frailty of the mind.

John Dryden

All objects lose by too familiar a view.

John Dryden

Better to hunt in fields for health unbought than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught. The wise for cure on exercise depend;

John Dryden

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.

John Dryden

Men are but children of a larger growth, our appetites as apt to change as theirs, and full as craving too, and full as vain.

John Dryden

I am as free as nature first made man.

John Dryden

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

John Dryden

Thou strong seducer, Opportunity!

John Dryden

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

John Dryden

To die is landing on some distant shore.

John Dryden

None but the brave deserves the fair.

John Dryden

By viewing Nature, Nature's handmaid, art, makes mighty things from small beginnings grow.

John Dryden

For Art may err, but Nature cannot miss.

John Dryden

Tomorrow do thy worst, I have lived today.

John Dryden

He who would search for pearls must dive below.

John Dryden

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

John Dryden

War is the trade of kings.

John Dryden

Only man clogs his happiness with care, destroying what is, with thoughts of what may be.

John Dryden
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