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JOHN DRYDEN
English poet and dramatist
(1631 - 1700)
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Death only this mysterious truth unfolds,
  The mighty soul how small a body holds.
      - [Death]

Deathless laurel is the victor's due.
      - [Fame]

Discover the opinion of your enemies, which is commonly the truest; for they will give you no quarter, and allow nothing to complaisance.
      - [Enemies]

Empire! thou poor and despicable thing; when such as these make or unmake a king!
      - [Kings]

Eternal torments, baths of boiling sulphur,
  Vicissitude of fires, and then of frosts.
      - [Hell]

Even kings but play; and when their part is done, some other, worse or better, mounts the throne.
      - [Acting]

Even lust and envy sleep.
      - [Night]

Even victors are by victory undone.
      - [Victory]

Even wit is a burden when it talks too long.
      - [Talking]

Every age has a kind of universal genius, which includes those that live in it to some particular studies.
      - [Genius]

Fall silently like dew on roses.
      - [Blessings]

Fate and the dooming gods are deaf to tears.
      - [Fate]

Fattened in vice, so callous and so gross, he sins and sees not, senseless of his loss.
      - [Obduracy]

Fearless of fortune, and resigned to fate.
      - [Resignation]

Few are so wicked as to take delight in crimes unprofitable.
      - [Wickedness]

Fiction is of the essence of poetry as well as of painting; there is a resemblance in one of human bodies, things, and actions which are not real, and in the other of a true story by fiction.
      - [Fiction]

For age but tastes of pleasures youth devours.
      - [Taste]

For danger levels man and brute
  And all are fellows in their need.
      - [Danger]

For my part, I can compare her (a gossip) to nothing but the sun; for, like him, she knows no rest, nor ever sets in one place but to rise in another.
      - [Gossip]

For mysterious things of faith, rely on the proponent, Heaven's authority.
      - [Faith]

For thee, sweet month; the groves green liveries wear.
  If not the first, the fairest of the year;
    For thee the Graces lead the dancing hours,
      And Nature's ready pencil paints the flowers.
        When thy short reign is past, the feverish sun
          The sultry tropic fears, and moves more slowly on.
      - [May]

For they can conquer who believe they can.
      - [Confidence]

Fortune befriends the bold.
      - [Fortune]

Fortune confounds the wise,
  And when they least expect it turns the dice.
      - [Fortune]

Fortune's unjust; she ruins oft the brave, and him who should be victor, makes the slave.
      - [Fortune]


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