John Dryden Quotes with deep meanings of life

John Dryden (1631 – 12 May  [O.S. 1 May] 1700) was an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who was appointed England’s first Poet Laureate in 1668. He is seen as dominating the literary life of Restoration England to such a point that the period came to be known in literary circles as the Age of Dryden. Romanticist writer Sir Walter Scott called him “Glorious John”. What Dryden achieved in his poetry was neither the emotional excitement of the early nineteenth-century romantics nor the intellectual complexities of the metaphysicals. His subject matter was often factual, and he aimed at expressing his thoughts in the most precise and concentrated manner. Although he uses formal structures such as heroic couplets, he tried to recreate the natural rhythm of speech, and he knew that different subjects need different kinds of verse. In his preface to Religio Laici he says that “the expressions of a poem designed purely for instruction ought to be plain and natural, yet majestic… The florid, elevated and figurative way is for the passions; for (these) are begotten in the soul by showing the objects out of their true proportion…. A man is to be cheated into passion, but to be reasoned into truth.” We bring you the compilation of the best John Dryden Quotes, hope you like it.

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John Dryden Quotes with deep meanings of life

Happy the man, and happy he alone, He, who can call today his own: He who, secure within, can say, Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have liv’d today. -John Dryden

I’ll habits gather by unseen degrees, As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas. -John Dryden

Stiff in opinion, always in the wrong. -John Dryden

Every inch that is not fool is rogue. -John Dryden

War is the trade of kings. -John Dryden | War Quotes

They conquer who believe they can. -John Dryden

His tribe were God Almighty’s gentlemen. -John Dryden

Present joys are more to flesh and blood Than the dull prospect of a distant good. -John Dryden

Chaucer, I confess, is a rough diamond; and must be polished e’er he shines. -John Dryden

John Dryden Quotes with deep meanings of life

Only man clogs his happiness with care, destroying what is with thoughts of what may be. -John Dryden

None but the brave deserves the fair. -John Dryden

Beware the fury of a patient man. -John Dryden

There is a pleasure sure, In being mad, which none but madmen know! -John Dryden

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

Damned Neuters, in their Middle way of Steering, Are neither Fish, nor Flesh, nor good Red Herring. -John Dryden

Only man clogs his happiness with care, destroying what is, with thoughts of what may be. -John Dryden

Friendship, of itself a holy tie, is made more sacred by adversity. -John Dryden

For Art may err, but Nature cannot miss. -John Dryden

John Dryden Quotes with deep meanings of life

War, he sung, is toil and trouble; Honour but an empty bubble. -John Dryden

None but the brave deserve the fair. -John Dryden

Repentance is but want of power to sin. -John Dryden

Beware the fury of a patient man. -John Dryden

Fortune befriends the bold. -John Dryden

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It is a madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because in herself she is nothing, but is ruled by prudence. -John Dryden

For truth has such a face and such a mien, As to be loved needs only to be seen. -John Dryden

But far more numerous was the herd of stitch, Who think too little, and who talk too much. -John Dryden


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