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JOHN DRYDEN
English poet and dramatist
(1631 - 1700)
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Silence in times of suffering is the best.
      - [Silence]

Since a true knowledge of nature gives us pleasure, a lively imitation of it, either in poetry or painting, must produce a much greater; for both these arts are not only true imitations of nature, but of the best nature.
      - [Imitation]

So the false spider, when her nets are spread, deep ambushed in her silent den does lie.
      - [Falsity]

Some of our philosophizing divines have too much exalted the faculties of our souls, when they have maintained that by their force mankind has been able to find out God.
      - [Soul]

Speech is the light, the morning of the mind:
  It spreads the beauteous images abroad,
    Which else lie furl'd and shrouded in the soul.
      - [Speech]

Stiff opinion, always in the wrong.
      - [Obstinacy]

Such only can enjoy the country who are capable of thinking when they are there; then they are prepared for solitude, and in that ease solitude is prepared for them.
      - [Solitude]

Sure there is none but fears a future state;
  And when the most obdurate swear they do not,
    Their trembling hearts belie their boasting tongues.
      - [Eternity]

Sweet is pleasure after pain.
      - [Proverbs]

Sweet the pleasure after pain.
      - [Pain]

'T was grief no more, or grief and rage were one within her soul; at last 't was rage alone.
      - [Rage]

Take my esteem, if you on that can live,
  For frankly, sir, 'tis all I have to give.
      - [Proposals]

Take the goods the gods provide thee.
      - [Proverbs]

Take what He gives, since to rebel is vain;
  The bad grows better, which we well sustain;
    And could we choose the time, and choose aright,
      'Tis best to die, our honor at the height.
      - [Resignation]

That crawling insect, who from mud began, warmed by my beams, and kindled into man!
      - [Man]

That gloomy outside, like a rusty chest, contains the shoring treasure of a soul resolved and brave.
      - [Appearance]

The art of clothing the thought in apt, significant and sounding words.
      - [Eloquence]

The blushing beauties of a modest maid.
      - [Girlhood : Maidenhood]

The bravest men are subject most to chance.
      - [Bravery]

The bride, lovely herself, and lovely by her side a bevy of bright nymphs, with sober grace came glittering like a star, and took her place.
      - [Bride]

The commendation of adversaries is the greatest triumph of a writer, because it never comes unless extorted.
      - [Praise]

The elephant is never won by anger; nor must that man who would reclaim a lion take him by the teeth.
      - [Anger]

The emperor one day took up a pencil which fell from the hand of Titian, who was then drawing his picture; and upon the compliment which Titian made him on that occasion he said, "Titian deserves to be served by Caesar."
      - [Painting]

The end of satire is the amendment of vices by correction; and he who writes honestly is no more an enemy to the offender than the physician to the patient when he prescribes harsh remedies.
      - [Satire]

The fortitude of a Christian consists in patience, not in enterprises which the poets call heroic, and which are commonly the effects of interest, pride and worldly honor.
      - [Fortitude]


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