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JOHN DRYDEN
English poet and dramatist
(1631 - 1700)
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Who think too little, and who talk too much.
      - [Babblers]

Who thinks all science, as all virtue, vain.
      - [Science]

With such deceits he gained their easy hearts, too prone to credit his perfidious arts.
      - [Deceit]

Woman's honor is nice as ermine; it will not bear a soil.
      - [Honor]

Words are but pictures of our thoughts.
      - [Thought]

Ye moon and stars, bear witness to the truth.
      - [Moon]

Ye realms, yet unreveal'd to human sight,
  Ye gods who rule the regions of the night,
    Ye gliding ghosts permit me to relate
      The mystic wonders of your silent state.
      - [Astronomy]

Your Words are like the notes of dying swans,
  Too sweet to last.
      - [Eloquence]

Zeal, the blind conductor of the will.
      - [Zeal]

Night was our friend, our leader was Despair.
      - bk. II, 487,
        translation of Vergil's "Aeneid"
        [Despair]

The soft complaining flute
  In dying notes discovers
    The woes of hopeless lovers,
      Whose dirge is whisper'd by the warbling lute.
      - A Song for St. Cecilia's Day [Music]

From harmony, from heavenly harmony,
  This universal frame began:
    From harmony, to harmony
      Through all the compass of the notes it ran,
        The diapason closing full in man.
      - A Song for St. Cecilia's Day (l. 11)
        [Creation]

Some truth there was, but dash'd and brew'd with lies,
  To please the fools, and puzzle all the wise.
      - Absalom and Achitophel [Lying]

Stiff in opinion, always in the wrong.
      - Absalom and Achitophel (I, 545) [Opinion]

Bankrupt of life, yet prodigal of ease.
      - Absalom and Achitophel (l. 168) [Life]

Beware the fury of a patient man.
      - Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 1005)
        [Anger : Proverbs]

A fiery soul, which, working out its way,
  Fretted the pygmy-body to decay,
    And o'er-informed the tenement of clay.
      - Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 156)
        [Soul]

A daring pilot in extremity;
  Pleas'd with the danger, when the waves went high
    He sought the storms.
      - Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 159)
        [Danger]

Great wits are sure to madness near allied,
  And thin partitions do their bounds divide.
      - Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 163)
        [Wit]

And all to leave what with his toil he won,
  To that unfeather'd two-legged thing, a son.
      - Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 169)
        [Inheritance]

Resolv'd to ruin or to rule the state.
      - Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 174)
        [Government]

And heaven had wanted one immortal song.
      - Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 197)
        [Songs]

But wild Ambition loves to slide, not stand,
  And Fortune's ice prefers to Virtue's land.
      - Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 198)
        [Ambition]

Drawn to the dregs of a democracy.
      - Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 227)
        [Democracy]

The people's prayer, the glad diviner's theme!
  The young men's vision, and the old men's dream.
      - Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 238)
        [Visions]


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