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English poet, scholar, writer and patriot
(1608 - 1674)
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To overcome in battle, and subdue
  Nations, and bring home spoils with infinite
    Man-slaughter, shall be held the highest pitch
      Of human glory.
      - Paradise Lost (bk. XI, l. 691) [War]

The brazen throat of war.
      - Paradise Lost (bk. XI, l. 713) [War]

O visions ill foreseen! Better had I
  Liv'd ignorant of future, so had borne
    My part of evil only.
      - Paradise Lost (bk. XI, l. 763) [Visions]

He of their wicked ways
  Shall them admonish, and before them set
    The paths of righteousness.
      - Paradise Lost (bk. XI, l. 812) [Preaching]

God attributes to place
  No sanctity, if none be thither brought
    By men who there frequent.
      - Paradise Lost (bk. XI, l. 836) [Holiness]

Day and night,
  Seed-time and harvest, heat and hoary frost
    Shall hold their course, till fire purge all things new.
      - Paradise Lost (bk. XI, l. 898) [Time]

So many laws argue so many sins.
      - Paradise Lost (bk. XII, l. 283) [Sin]

Law can discover sin, but not remove,
  Save by those shadowy expiations weak.
      - Paradise Lost (bk. XII, l. 290) [Sin]

That in such righteousness
  To them by faith imputed they may find
    Justification towards God, and peace
      Of conscience.
      - Paradise Lost (bk. XII, l. 294) [Faith]

Execrable son! so to aspire
  Above his brethren, to himself assuming
    Authority usurp'd, from God not given.
      He gave us only over beast, fish, fowl,
        Dominion absolute; that right we hold
          By his donation; but man over men
            He made not lord; such title to himself
              Reserving, human left from human free.
      - Paradise Lost (bk. XII, l. 64) [Slavery]

The world was all before them, where to choose
  Their place of rest, and Providence their guide;
    They, hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow,
      Though Eden took their solitary way.
      - Paradise Lost (bk. XII, l. 646)
        [Banishment : World]

The world was all before them, where to choose
  Their place of rest, and Providence their guide:
    They, hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow,
      Through Eden took their solitary way.
      - Paradise Lost (bk. XII, l. 646)
        [Books (Last Lines) : Future]

Justly thou abhorr'st
  That son, who on the quiet state of men
    Such trouble brought, affecting to subdue
      Rational liberty; yet know withal,
        Since thy original lapse, true liberty
          Is lost.
      - Paradise Lost (bk. XII, l. 79) [Liberty]

I went into the temple, there to hear
  The teachers of our law, and to propose
    What might improve my knowledge or their own.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. I, l. 211)

Yet hold it more humane, more heav'nly, first,
  By winning words to conquer willing hearts,
    And make persuasion do the work of fear.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. I, l. 221) [Words]

I saw and heard, for we sometimes,
  Who dwell this wild, constrained by want, come forth
    To town or village nigh, nighest is far,
      Where aught we hear, and curious are to hear,
        What happens new; fame also finds us out.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. I, l. 330)

. . . For now began
  Night with her sullen wings to double-shade
    The desert; fowls in the clay nests were couch'd,
      And now wild beasts came forth, the woods to roam.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. I, l. 499) [Night]

For Solomon, he lived at ease, and full
  Of honour, wealth, high fare, aimed not beyond
    Higher design than to enjoy his state.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. II, l. 201)

. . . for beauty stands
  In the admiration only of weak minds
    Led captive. Cease to admire, and all her plumes
      Fall flat and shrink into a trivial toy,
        At every sudden slighting quite abash'd.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. II, l. 220)

Rocks whereon greatest men have oftest wreck'd.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. II, l. 228)
        [Misfortune : Trials]

And now the herald lark
  Left his ground-nest, high tow'ring to descry
    The morn's approach, and greet her with his song.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. II, l. 279) [Larks]

And ladies of the Hesperides, that seemed
  Fairer than feign'd of old.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. II, l. 357)

Money brings honor, friends, conquest, and realms.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. II, l. 422) [Money]

If at great things thou would'st arrive,
  Get riches first, get wealth, and treasure heap,
    Not difficult, if thou hearken to me;
      Riches are mine, fortune is in my hand,
        They whom I favor thrive in wealth amain,
          While virtue, valor, wisdom, sit in want.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. II, l. 426)

A crown
  Golden in show, is but a wreath of thorns,
    Bring dangers, troubles, cares, and sleepless nights
      To him who wears the regal diadem.
      - Paradise Regained (bk. II, l. 458)

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