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JOHN MILTON
English poet, scholar, writer and patriot
(1608 - 1674)
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Virtue can see to do what virtue would by her own radiant light, though sun and moon were in the flat sea sunk.
      - [Virtue]

Virtue that wavers is not virtue, but vice revolted from itself, and after a while returning. The actions of just and pious men do not darken in their middle course.
      - [Virtue]

Virtue, which breaks through opposition and all temptation can remove, most shines, and most is acceptable above.
      - [Virtue]

Wave rolling after wave in torrent rapture.
      - [Ocean]

We should be wary what persecution we raise against the living labors of public men, how we spill that seasoned life of man, preserved and stored up in books, since we see a kind of homicide may be thus committed, sometimes a martyrdom; and if it extend to the whole impression, a kind of massacre, whereof the execution ends not in the slaying of an elemental life, but strikes at the ethereal and fifth essence, the breath of reason itself; slays an immortality rather than a life.
      - [Critics]

What better can we do than prostrate fall before Him reverent, and there confess humbly our faults, and pardon beg with tears watering the ground?
      - [Pardon]

What can 'scape the eye
  Of God, all-seeing, or deceive His heart.
    Omniscient!
      - [God]

What is strength, without a double share
  Of wisdom? Vast, unwieldy, burdensome;
    Proudly secure, yet liable to fall
      By weakest subtleties; not made to rule,
        But to subserve where wisdom bears command.
      - [Strength]

What light through yonder window breaks!
  It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!--
    Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon.(Shakespeare} The great luminary
      Aloof the vulgar constellations thick,
        That from his lordly eye keep distance due,
          Dispenses light from far.
      - [Sun]

When a king sets himself to bandy against the highest court and residence of all regal powers, he then, in the single person of a man, fights against his own majesty and kingship.
      - [Kings]

When I approach
  Her loveliness, so absolute she seems,
    And in herself complete, so well to know
      Her own, that what she wills to do or say,
        Seems wisest, virtuousest, discretest, best;
          All higher knowledge in her presence falls
            Degraded. Wisdom in discourse with her
              Loses, discount'nanc'd, and like folly shows.
      - [Beauty]

Where all life dies death lives.
      - [Death]

Where no hope is left, is left no fear.
      - [Hope]

Where shame is, there is also fear.
      - [Shame]

Who aspires must down as low
  As high he soar'd.
      - [Proverbs]

Who can in reason then or right assume monarchy over such as live by right his equals, if in power or splendor less, in freedom equal?
      - [Equality]

Who forthwith from the glittering staff unfurl'd
  Th' imperial ensign, which full high advanc'd
    Shone like a meteor streaming to the wind.
      - [Flags]

Who overcomes by force
  hath overcome but half his foe.
      - [Force]

Who reigns within himself, and rules
  Passions, desires, and fears, is more a king.
      - [Proverbs]

Why was the sight to such a tender ball as the eye confined, so obvious and so easy to be quenched, and not, as feeling, through all parts diffused, that she might look at will through every pore?
      - [Eyes]

With diadem and sceptre high advanced,
  The lower still I fall; only supreme
    In misery; such joy ambition finds.
      - [Proverbs]

Worthy deeds are not often destitute of worthy relaters; as, by a certain fate, great acts and great eloquence have most commonly gone hand in hand, equalling and honoring each other in the same age.
      - [Greatness]

Yet when I approach
  Her loveliness, so absolute she seems,
    And in herself complete; so well to know
      Her own, that what she wills to do or say,
        Seems wisest, virtuousest, discreetest, best.
      - [Women]

Yielded with coy submission, modest pride,
  And sweet reluctant amorous delay.
      - [Proverbs]

What needs my Shakespeare for his honored bones
  The labors of an age in piled stones?
    Or that his hallowed reliques should be hid
      Under a starre-y-pointing pyramid?
        Dear son of Memory, great heir of fame,
          What need'st thou such weak witness of thy name?
            Thou in our wonder and astonishment
              Hath built thyself a livelong monument.
      - An Epitaph [Shakespeare]


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