John Donne Quotes

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Age, death's twilight.
No man is an island, entire of itself.
— John Donne
Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies.
— John Donne

beauty

Self-preservation is the first law of nature.
— John Donne
Reason is our soul's left hand, faith her right.
— John Donne

reason faith

I am two fools, I know, for loving, and for saying so.
— John Donne

love

Yesternight the sun went hence, And yet is here today.
— John Donne
Nature's great masterpiece, an Elephant,
The only harmless great thing.
— John Donne

masterpiece animals

Reason is our soul's left hand, Faith her right,
By these we reach divinity.
— John Donne

faith

Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls;
 For, thus friends absent speak.
— John Donne

letters

No man is an island, entire of himself; every man is a piece of the continent.
— John Donne
Can there be worse sickness, than to know
That we are never well, nor can be so?
— John Donne

illness

No spring, nor summer beauty hath such grace,
As I have seen in one autumnal face.

old age grace

Poetry is a counterfeit creation, and makes things that are not, as though they were.
— John Donne
If I lose at play, I blaspheme; if my fellow loses, he blasphemes. So, God is always the loser.
— John Donne

sports

Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
— John Donne

death

Death, be not proud. By John Donne. Death, be not proud, though some have called thee. Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;. For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow. Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
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death

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. .. Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
— John Donne

neighbors

No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod ... Any man's death diminishes me, Because I am involved in mankind, And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.
— John Donne

mankind

No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

death mankind

No man is an island entire of itself; every man  is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe  is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me,  because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
— John Donne

community

All Kings, and all their favourites, All glory of honours, beauties, wits, The sun itself, which makes times, as they pass, Is elder by a year now than it was When thou and I first one another saw: All other things to their destruction draw, Only our love hath no decay; This no tomorrow hath, nor yesterday, Running it never runs from us away, But truly keeps his first, last, everlasting day.