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JOHN DRYDEN
English poet and dramatist
(1631 - 1700)
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His little children, climbing for a kiss, welcome their father's late return at night.
      - [Children]

Home is the sacred refuge of our life.
      - [Domesticity]

How can finite grasp infinity?
      - [Infinity]

How strangely high endeavors may be blessed, where piety and valor jointly go.
      - [Valor]

Humility and resignation are our prime virtues.
      - [Humility]

Hushed as midnight silence.
      - [Midnight]

I can forgive a foe, but not a mistress and a friend; treason is there in its most horrid shape, where trust is greatest!
      - [Trust]

I claim by right
  Of conquest; for when kings make war,
    No law betwixt two sov'reigns can decide,
      But that of arms, where fortune is the judge,
        Soldiers the lawyers, and the bar the field.
      - [Conquest]

I feel my sinews slackened with the fright, and a cold sweat trills down all over my limbs, as if I were dissolving into water.
      - [Fear]

I felt the while a pleasing kind of smart,
  The kiss went tingling to my very heart;
    When it was gone the sense of it did stay,
      The sweetness cling'd upon my lips all day,
        Like drops of honey loth to fall away.
      - [Kisses]

I find she loves him because she hides it. Love teaches cunning even to innocence; and when he gets possession, his first work is to dig deep within a heart, and there lie hid, and like a miser in the dark, feast alone.
      - [Secrecy]

I have no taste
  Of popular applause: The noisy praise
    Of giddy crowds as changeable as winds;
      Still vehement, and still without a cause;
        Servants to chance, and blowing in the tide
          Of swoln success; but veering with the ebb,
            It leaves the channel dry.
      - [Popularity]

I have not wept these forty years; but now my mother comes afresh into my eyes.
      - [Mothers]

I maintain, against the enemies of the stage, that patterns of piety, decently represented, may second the precepts.
      - [Drama]

I must leave you to the satisfaction of your own conscience, which, though a silent panegyric, is yet the best.
      - [Conscience]

I never knew the old gentleman with the scythe and hour-glass bring anything but gray hairs, thin cheeks, and loss of teeth.
      - [Time]

I scarcely understand my own intent, but, silkworm-like, so long within have wrought, that I am lost in my own web of thought.
      - [Thought]

I thought your love eternal. Was it tied so loosely that a quarrel could divide?
      - [Quarrels]

I was too hasty to condemn unheard; and you perhaps too prompt in your replies.
      - [Rashness]

If gaming does an aged sire entice,
  Then my young master swiftly learns the vice.
      - [Proverbs]

If one must be rejected, one succeed, make him my lord within whose faithful breast is fixed my image, and who loves me best.
      - [Rivalry]

If thou dost still retain the same ill habits, the same follies, too, still thou art bound to vice, and still a slave.
      - [Habit]

If we from wealth to poverty descend,
  Want gives to know the flatterer from the friend.
      - [Poverty]

If you are for a merry jaunt, I will try, for once, who can foot it farthest.
      - [Walking]

Ill habits gather by unseen degrees,--as brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.
      - [Habit]


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