John Milton Quotes

Most popular John Milton Quotes

Chance governs all.
— John Milton
Time, the subtle thief of youth.
— John Milton

youth time

The child is the father of the man.
— John Milton
This is servitude,
To serve the unwise.


Where no hope is left, is left no fear.

hope hopelessness

They also serve who only stand and wait.
Mutual love, the crown of all our bliss.
— John Milton
Law can discover sin, but not remove it.
— John Milton
Tomorrow the new woods, and pastures new.
— John Milton
Love-quarrels oft in pleasing concord end.


Fame is no plant that grows on mortal soil.
— John Milton
Ambition, the last infirmity of noble minds.
— John Milton
Time will run back and fetch the Age of Gold.
— John Milton
Let their tormentor conscience find them out.
— John Milton
Of truth, in word mightier than they in arms.
— John Milton
Life is life and without it we would be dead.
— John Milton
Opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making.


Peace hath her victories no less renowned than war.
— John Milton


Who overcomes by force hath overcome but half his foe.
— John Milton


The childhood shows the man,
As morning shows the day.


Who overcomes by force, hath overcome but half his foe.
— John Milton


Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts
And eloquence.


Accuse not Nature! She hath done her part; Do thou but thine!
— John Milton
Beauty is Nature's coin, must not be hoarded,
But must be current.


To know that which before us lies in daily life is the prime wisdom.
— John Milton
Truth is as impossible to be soiled by any outward touch as the sunbeam.
— John Milton
For solitude sometimes is best society,
And short retirement urges sweet return.


The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven.
— John Milton

mind psychology

The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.


The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.
— John Milton


If you let slip time, like a neglected rose
It withers on the stalk with languish'd head.
— John Milton


He who reigns within himself, and rules
Passions, desires, and fears, is more than a king.

passion self-control

Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth Unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep.
— John Milton
Socrates the first and wisest of them all professed to know this only, that he nothing knew.
— John Milton
Apt words have pow'r to swage 
The tumors of a troubled mind, 
And are as balm to fester'd wounds.

words wounds

Nations grown corrupt ... Love bondage more than liberty; Bondage with ease than strenuous liberty.


Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie, untwisting all the chains that tie the hidden soul of harmony.
— John Milton
Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.

arguments freedom

For neither man nor angel can discern
Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks
Invisible, except to God alone.


A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.
— John Milton
Yet some there be that by due steps aspire
To lay their just hands on that golden key
That opes the palace of eternity.
— John Milton


When language in common use in any country becomes irregular and depraved, it is followed by their ruin and degradation.
— John Milton


Fear and dull disposition, lukewarmness and sloth, are not seldom wont to cloak themselves under the affected name of moderation.


Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise, that last infirmity of noble mind, to scorn delights, and live laborious days.
— John Milton
Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye.
— John Milton


Many are the sayings of the wise
In ancient and in modern books enrolled,
Extolling patience as the truest fortitude;And to the bearing well of all calamities,
All chances incident to man's frail life.


In those vernal seasons of the year when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an injury and sullenness against nature not to go out and see her riches, and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth.
— John Milton


As good almost kill a man as kill a good book: who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were, in the eye.