Quotations From JOHN MILTON


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  • Lords are lordliest in their wine.
    John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. Samson Agonistes, l. 1418 (1671).
  • Fame is no plant that grows on mortal soil.
    John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. repr. In Milton's Poetical Works, ed. Douglas Bush (1966). Phoebes, in Lycidas, l. 78 (1637).

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  • No man who knows aught, can be so stupid to deny that all men naturally were born free.
    John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. repr. In Complete Prose Works of Milton, ed. Ernest Sirluck (1959). The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates (1649).
  • A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.
    John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. repr. In Complete Prose Works of Milton, ed. Ernest Sirluck (1959). Areopagitica: a Speech for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing to the Parliament of England (1644).

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  • None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but licence.
    John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. repr. In Complete Prose Works of Milton, ed. Ernest Sirluck (1959). The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates (1649).

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  • Adam inquires concerning celestial motions, is doubtfully answered, and exhorted to search rather things more worthy of knowledge.
    John Milton (1608-1614), British poet. Paradise Lost, heading of bk. 8. See Milton under "Science" for the angel Raphael's "doubtful answer."
  • To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable.
    John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. Second Defence (1654). Milton's sight was impaired from 1644, his blindness becoming complete in the winter of 1651-1652.
  • Beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies.
    John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. The Reason of Church Government, Introduction to bk. 2 (1642).

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  • I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.
    John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. Areopagitica: a Speech for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing to the Parliament of England (1644).
  • A man may be a heretic in the truth; and if he believe things only because his pastor says so, or the assembly so determines, without knowing other reason, though his belief be true, yet the very truth he holds becomes his heresy.
    John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. Areopagitica: a Speech for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing to the Parliament of England (1644).

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