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JOHN DRYDEN
English poet and dramatist
(1631 - 1700)
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There is a proud modesty in merit.
      - [Merit]

There's a proud modesty in merit!
  Averse from asking, and resolv'd to pay
    Ten times the gifts it asks.
      - [Merit]

There's a spirit above, and a spirit below,
  A spirit of joy, and a spirit of woe,
    The spirit above is the spirit divine,
      The spirit below is the spirit of wine.[Unattributed--[written about 1825]} Wicked spirits may by their cunning carry further in a seeming confederacy or subserviency to the designs of a good angel.
      - written about 1825 [Spirits]

These are the effects of doting age,--vain doubts and idle cares and over caution.
      - [Age]

They conquer who believe they can.
      - [Conquest]

They first condemn that first advised the ill.
      - [Advice]

They live too long who happiness outlive.
      - [Happiness]

This famine has a sharp and meagre face;
  'Tis death in an undress of skin and bone,
    Where age and youth, their landmark, ta'en away,
      Look all one common sorrow.
      - [Famine]

This hand, I cannot but in death resign!
      - [Proposals]

Those fair ideas to my aid I'll call, and emulate to my great original.
      - [Emulation]

Those wanting wit, affect gravity and go by the name of solid men.
      - [Bores]

Those who accuse him to have wanted learning give him the greater commendation.
      - [Shakespeare]

Those who are prosperously unjust are entitled to panegyric, but afflicted virtue is stabbed with reproaches.
      - [Success]

Those who believe that the praises which arise from valor are superior to those which proceed from any other virtues have not considered.
      - [Valor]

Those whom God to ruin has design'd,
  He fits for fate, and first destroys their mind.
      - [Fate]

Thou strong seducer, opportunity! of womankind, half are undone by thee.
      - [Opportunity]

Thoughts cannot form themselves in words so horrid
  As can express my guilt.
      - [Guilt]

Thy shape in every part so clean as might instruct the sculptor's art.
      - [Sculpture]

Time's abyss, the common grave of all.
      - [Time]

'Tis some relief, that points not clearly known,
  Without much hazard may be let alone;
    And, after hearing what our Church can say,
      If still our reason runs another way,
        That private reason 'tis more just to curb,
          Than by disputes the public peace disturb;
            For points obscure are of small use to learn,
              But common quiet is mankind's concern.
      - [Religion]

To breed up the son to common sense is evermore the parent's least expense.
      - [Education]

To so perverse a sex all grace is vain.
      - [Perverseness]

To tame the proud, the fetter'd slave to free,
  These are imperial arts.
      - [Proverbs]

To-morrow do thy worst, for I have lived to-day.
      - [Today : Tomorrow]

Too curious mans! why dost thou seek to know
  Events, which, good or ill, foreknown, are woe!
    Th' all-seeing power, that made thee mortal, gave
      Thee every thing a mortal state should have.
      - [Eternity]


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