John Dryden Quotes

John Dryden Quotes: I am reading Jonson's verses to the memory of Shakespeare; an insolent, sparing, and invidious panegyric...
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John Dryden Quote: How easy it is to call rogue and villain, and that wittily! But how hard to make a man appear a fool, a blockhead, or a knave, without using any of those opprobrious terms! Tosparethegrossness ofthenames, and to dothe thing yet moreseverely, isto drawa full face, and tomake the nose and cheeks stand out, and yet not to employ any depth of shadowing.
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Quotes about John Dryden: The unhappy man, who once has trail'd a pen, Lives not to please himself, but other men; Is always drudging, wastes his life and blood, Yet only eats and drinks what you think good.
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Quote about John Dryden: Want is a bitter and a hateful good,Because its virtues are not understood;Yet many things, impossible to thought,Have been by need to full perfection brought.The daring of the soul proceeds from thence,Sharpness of wit, and active diligence;Prudence at once, and fortitude it gives;And, if in patience taken, mends our lives.
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John Dryden Sayings: The bravest men are subject most to chance.
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John Dryden Saying: No king nor nation one moment can retard the appointed hour.
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Sayings about John Dryden: It is almost impossible to translate verbally and well at the same time; for the Latin (a most severe and compendious language) often expresses that in one word which either the barbarity or the narrowness of modern tongues cannot supply in more. ...But since every language is so full of its own proprieties that what is beautiful in one is often barbarous, nay, sometimes nonsense, in another, it would be unreasonable to limit a translator to the narrow compass of his author's words; it is enough if he choose out some expression which does not vitiate the sense.
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Saying about John Dryden: All things are subject to decay and when fate summons, monarchs must obey.
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John Dryden Quotes: There is an inimitable grace in Virgil's words, and in them principally consists that beauty which gives so inexpressible a pleasure to him who best understands their force. This diction of his, I must once again say, is never to be copied; and since it cannot, he will appear but lame in the best translation.
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John Dryden Quote: From harmony, from heavenly harmony, This universal frame began: When nature underneath a heap Of jarring atoms lay, And could not heave her head, The tuneful voice was heard from high, 'Arise, ye more than dead!' Then cold, and hot, and moist, and dry, In order to their stations leap, And Music's power obey. From harmony, from heavenly harmony, This universal frame began: From harmony to harmony Through all the compass of the notes it ran, The diapason closing full in Man.
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Quotes about John Dryden: 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.
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Quote about John Dryden: Love is a child that talks in broken language, yet then he speaks most plain.
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John Dryden Sayings: Youth, beauty, graceful action seldom fail: But common interest always will prevail; And pity never ceases to be shown To him who makes the people's wrongs his own.
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John Dryden Saying: Every language is so full of its own proprieties that what is beautiful in one is often barbarous, nay, sometimes nonsense, in another.
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Sayings about John Dryden: He was exhaled; his great Creator drew His spirit, as the sun the morning dew.
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Saying about John Dryden: Softly sweet, in Lydian measures, Soon he sooth'd his soul to pleasures. War, he sung, is toil and trouble; Honour but an empty bubble; Never ending, still beginning, Fighting still, and still destroying. If all the world be worth the winning, Think, oh think it worth enjoying: Lovely Thais sits beside thee, Take the good the gods provide thee.
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John Dryden Quotes: If we from wealth to poverty descend,Want gives to know the flatterer from the friend.
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John Dryden Quote: not judging truth to be in nature better than falsehood, but setting a value upon both according to interest.
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