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JOHN MILTON
English poet, scholar, writer and patriot
(1608 - 1674)
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Zeal and duty are not slow
  But on occasion's forelock watchful wait.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. III, l. 172)
        [Opportunity]

Of whom to be disprais'd were no small praise.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. III, l. 56)
        [Praise]

Perplexed and troubled at his bad success
  The Tempter stood, nor had what to reply,
    Discovered in his fraud, thrown from his hope.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. IV, l. 1) [Fraud]

What honour that,
  But tedious waste of time, to sit and hear
    So many hollow compliments and lies.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. IV, l. 122)
        [Compliments]

Let his tormentor conscience find him out.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. IV, l. 130)
        [Conscience]

So Satan, whom repulse upon repulse
  Met ever, and to shameful silence brought,
    Yet gives not o'er though desperate of success.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. IV, l. 21)
        [Perseverance]

The childhood shows the man,
  As morning shows the day.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. IV, l. 220)
        [Childhood]

Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts
  And eloquence.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. IV, l. 240)
        [Athens : Greece]

See there the olive grove of Academe,
  Plato's retirement, where the Attic bird
    Trills her thick-warbled notes the summer long.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. IV, l. 244)
        [Olives]

Thence to the famous orators repair,
  Those ancient, whose resistless eloquence
    Wielded at will that fierce democratie,
      Shook the Arsenal, and fulmined over Greece,
        To Macedon, and Artaxerxes' throne.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. IV, l. 267)
        [Oratory]

Socrates . . .
  Whom, well inspir'd, the oracle pronounc'd
    Wisest of men.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. IV, l. 274)
        [Wisdom]

Who reads
  Incessantly, and to his reading brings not
    A spirit and judgment equal or superior,
      (And what he brings what need he elsewhere seek?)
        Uncertain and unsettled still remains,
          Deep versed in books and shallow in himself,
            Crude or intoxicate, collecting toys
              And trifles for choice matters, worth a sponge,
                As children gathering pebbles on the shore.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. IV, l. 322)
        [Reading]

Deep vers'd in books, and shallow in himself.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. IV, l. 327) [Books]

As children gath'ring pebbles on the shore.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. IV, l. 330)
        [Childhood : Proverbial Phrases]

Darkness now rose,
  As daylight sunk, and brought in low-ring Night
    Her shadowy offspring.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. IV, l. 397) [Night]

Till morning fair
  Came forth with pilgrim steps in amice gray.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. IV, l. 426)
        [Morning]

Litigious terms, fat contentions, and flowing fees.
      - Prose Works (vol. I, Of Education) [Law]

Beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies.
      - Reason of Church Government--Introduction
         (bk. II) [Study]

It is not virtue, wisdom, valour, wit,
  Strength, comeliness of shape, or amplest merit,
    That woman's love can win, or long inherit;
      But what it is, hard is to say,
        Harder to hit.
      - Samson Agonistes (l. 1,010) [Love]

Therefore God's universal law
  Gave to the man despotic power
    Over his female in due awe,
      Not from that right to part an hour,
        Smile she or lour.
      - Samson Agonistes (l. 1,053) [Matrimony]

These evils I deserve, and more
  . . . .
    Justly, yet despair not of his final pardon,
      Whose ear is ever open, and his eye
        Gracious to re-admit the suppliant.
      - Samson Agonistes (l. 1,170) [Forgiveness]

He's gone, and who knows how may he report
  Thy words by adding fuel to the flame?
      - Samson Agonistes (l. 1,350) [Gossip : News]

Yet beauty, tho' injurious, hath strange power,
  After offence returning, to regain
    Love once possess'd.
      - Samson Agonistes (l. 1003) [Beauty]

But O yet more miserable!
  Myself my sepulchre, a moving grave.
      - Samson Agonistes (l. 101) [Misery]

Thy boist'rous locks, no worthy match
  For valour to assail, nor by the sword
    . . . .
      But by the barber's razor best subdued.
      - Samson Agonistes (l. 1167) [Barber]


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