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John Dryden

1631-1700 ,  English poet
John DrydenEnglish poet, dramatist, and literary critic who so dominated the literary scene of his day that it came to be known as the “Age of Dryden”.
He was made England's first Poet Laureate in 1668.

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A man is to be cheated into passion, but to be reasoned into truth.

Self-defense is Nature's eldest law.

To die is landing on some distant shore.

All objects lose by too familiar a view.

He who would search for pearls must dive below.

    War is the trade of Kings.

    Not to ask is not be denied.

    Love is love's reward.

    We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.

    Reason is a crutch for age, but youth is strong enough to walk alone.

    Kings fight for empires, madmen for applause.

    Repentance is but want of power to sin.

    Genius must be born, and never can be taught.

    All have not the gift of martyrdom.

    A satirical poet is the check of the laymen on bad priests.

    She feared no danger, for she knew no sin.

    Too black for heav'n, and yet too white for hell.

    Quotes in Verse

    War seldom enters but where wealth allures.

    Here lies my wife: here let her lie!
    Now she's at rest, and so am I.

    All human things are subject to decay,
    And, when fate summons, monarchs must obey.



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