Quotations by Donne, John


No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

John Donne (1572-1631) English poet
Devotions on Emergent Occasions, Meditation 17 (1624)
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All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated; God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice; but God

John Donne (1572-1631) English poet
Devotions on Emergent Occasions, Meditation XVII (1624)
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Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.

John Donne (1572-1631) English poet
Holy Sonnets, No. 10, “Death Be Not Proud” (1609)
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Reason is our soul’s left hand, faith her right;
By thee we reach divinity.

John Donne (1572-1631) English poet
Letter to the Countess of Bedford (1610)
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Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls;
For, thus friends absent speak.

John Donne (1572-1631) English poet
Verse Letter to Sir Henry Wotton (1597)
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