John Dryden Quotes

Most popular John Dryden Quotes

Love is love's reward.
— John Dryden

love

The poetry of the foot.

dancing

War is the trade of kings.

war

All heiresses are beautiful.
— John Dryden
Sweet is pleasure after pain.
— John Dryden
Not to ask is not to be denied.

asking

All delays are dangerous in war.

delay

Possess your soul with patience.

patience

Beware the fury of a patient man.

patience

They conquer who believe they can.
— John Dryden

beliefs

Jealousy, the jaundice of the soul.

jealousy

Self-defense is nature's eldest law.
— John Dryden
None but the brave deserve the fair.
— John Dryden

beauty

None but the brave deserves the fair.
— John Dryden
They never pardon who commit the wrong.
— John Dryden
They think too little who talk too much.
— John Dryden
God never made his work for man to mend.
— John Dryden
Men are but children of a larger growth.
— John Dryden

men

For Art may err, but Nature cannot miss.
— John Dryden
The lowest and most groveling kind of Wit.
— John Dryden

puns

All authors to their own defects are blind.

authors

Genius must be born; it never can be taught.
— John Dryden
And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.
— John Dryden
Courage from hearts and not from numbers grows.
— John Dryden
Better shun the bait than struggle in the snare.

abstinence temptation

Men and women are but children of a larger growth.
— John Dryden
Pains of love be sweeter far than all other pleasures are.
— John Dryden

love

As poetry is the harmony of words, so music is that of notes.

music

Friendship of itself a holy tie, is made more sacred by adversity.
— John Dryden
Love did his reason blind,
And love's the noblest frailty of the mind.

love

Can flowers but droop in absence of the sun,
Which waked their sweets?

absence flowers

A very merry, dancing, drinking, laughing, quaffing, and unthinking time.
— John Dryden
A narrow mind begets obstinacy; we do not easily believe what we cannot see.
— John Dryden
Of all the tyrannies on human kind, the worst is that which persecutes the mind.
— John Dryden
Present joys are more to flesh and blood,
Than a dull prospect of a distant good.

joy

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

happiness

All objects lose by too familiar View,
When that great Charm is gone of being New.

charm familiarity

Fool, not to know that love endures no tie, and Jove but laughs at lovers' perjury.
— John Dryden
Oppose not rage while rage is in its force, but give it way awhile and let it waste.

rage

When I consider Life, 'tis all a cheat;
Yet, fool'd with hope, men favor the deceit.

life

Love reckons hours for months and days for years and every little absence is an age.
— John Dryden

love

Great wits are sure to madness near allied;
And thin partitions do their bonds divide.

wit

Love reckons hours for months, and days for years; and every little absence is an age.
— John Dryden
Great wits are sure to madness near allied,
And thin partitions do their bounds divide.

insanity

Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide.
— John Dryden
How easy 'tis, when Destiny proves kind, with full-spread sails to run before the wind!
— John Dryden
Truth is never to be expected from authors whose understanding is warped with enthusiasm.

truth enthusiasm

Dreams are but interludes which fancy makes;
When monarch Reason sleeps, this mimic wakes.

dreams (during sleep)

Errors, like Straws, upon the surface flow;
He who would search for Pearls must dive below.

error

Not heaven itself upon the past has power; But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.
— John Dryden
Science distinguishes a Man of Honor from one of those Athletic Brutes whom undeservedly we call Heroes.
— John Dryden

scientists

We toss and turn about our feverish will,
When all our ease must come by lying still:
For all the happiness mankind can gain
Is not in pleasure, but in rest from pain.

pleasure and pain