Quotes by John Dryden

A knock-down argument; 'tis but a word and a blow.
– John Dryden
All objects lose by too familiar a view.
– John Dryden
And love's the noblest frailty of the mind.
– John Dryden
And plenty makes us poor.
– John Dryden
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.
– John Dryden
Bankrupt of life, yet prodigal of ease.
– John Dryden
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.
– John Dryden
Beware the fury of a patient man.
– John Dryden
Boldness is a mask for fear, however great.
– John Dryden
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.
– John Dryden
Drinking is the soldier's pleasure.
– John Dryden
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.
– John Dryden
For all have not the gift of martyrdom.
– John Dryden
For they conquer who believe they can.
– John Dryden
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.
– John Dryden
God never made His work for man to mend.
– John Dryden
Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide.
– John Dryden
He has not learned the first lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
– John Dryden
He invades authors like a monarch; and what would be theft in other poets is only victory in him.
– John Dryden
Honor is but an empty bubble.
– John Dryden