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JOHN DRYDEN
English poet and dramatist
(1631 - 1700)
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Imagining is in itself the very height and life of poetry, which, by a kind of enthusiasm or extraordinary emotion of the soul, makes it seem to us that we behold those things which the poet paints.
      - [Imagination]

Imitation pleases, because it affords matter for inquiring into the truth or falsehood of imitation, by comparing its likeness or unlikeness with the original.
      - [Imitation]

Imitators are but a servile kind of cattle.
      - [Imitation]

In all you write be neither low nor vile:
  The meanest theme may have a proper style.
      - [Style]

In pious times, ere priestcraft did begin, before polygamy was made a sin.
      - [Religion]

Infamous wretch! so much below my scorn,
  I dare not kill thee.
      - [Scorn]

Interest makes all seem reason that leads to it.
      - [Interest]

Is no return due from a grateful breast?
      - [Gratitude]

It is a madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because in herself she is nothing, but is ruled by prudence.
      - [Fortune]

It speaks no less than God in every line.
      - [Bible]

It's a hard world, neighbors, if a man's oath must be his master.
      - [Oaths]

Jealousy, the jaundice of the soul.
      - [Jealousy]

Led like a victim, to my death I'll go,
  And, dying, bless the hand that gave the blow.
      - [Adore]

Let cheerfulness on happy fortune wait.
      - [Cheerfulness]

Let grace and goodness be the principal loadstone of thy affections.
      - [Grace]

Like some tall tree, the monster of the wood, o'ershading all that under him would grow.
      - [Trees]

Like the faint streaks of ligbt broke loose from darkness, and dawning into blushes.
      - [Blushes]

Long pains, with use of bearing, are half eased.
      - [Pain]

Lord of yourself, uncumbered with a wife.
      - [Wives]

Love is a child that talks in broken language, yet then he speaks most plain.
      - [Cupid]

Love reckons hours for months, and days for years; and every little absence is an age.
      - [Absence : Love]

Lucky men are favorites of Heaven.
      - [Fortune]

Luxurious kings are to their people lost,
  They live like drones, upon the public cost.
      - [Kings]

Many things impossible to thought have been by need to full perfection brought.
      - [Perfection]

Mark her majestic fabric; she's a temple
  Sacred by birth, and built by hands divine;
    Her soul's the Deity that lodges there;
      Nor is the pile unworthy of the God.
      - [Beauty]


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