Quotations by Dryden, John


His preaching much, but more his practice wrought;
(A living sermon of the truths he taught).

John Dryden (1631-1700) English poet, dramatist, critic
“The Character of a Good Parson,” l. 77, Fables (1700)
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How can finite grasp infinity?

John Dryden (1631-1700) English poet, dramatist, critic
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Far more numerous was the herd of such,
Who think too little, and who talk too much.

John Dryden (1631-1700) English poet, dramatist, critic
Absalom and Achitophel, l. 533 (1681)
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Nor is the people’s judgment always true:
The most may err as grossly as the few.

John Dryden (1631-1700) English poet, dramatist, critic
Absalom and Achitophel, l. 781 (1681)
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Beware the fury of a patient man.

John Dryden (1631-1700) English poet, dramatist, critic
Absalom and Achitophel, Part I, l. 1005 (1681)
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Men are but children of a larger growth;
Our appetites as apt to change as theirs,
And full as craving too, and full as vain.

John Dryden (1631-1700) English poet, dramatist, critic
All for Love, 4.1 (1678)
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Errors like straws upon the surface flow:
Who would search for pearls must dive below.

John Dryden (1631-1700) English poet, dramatist, critic
All for Love, Prologue (1677)
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Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He, who can call to-day his own:
He who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.

John Dryden (1631-1700) English poet, dramatist, critic
Imitation of Horace, Book 3, ode 29, l. 65 (1685)
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Thou strong seducer, Opportunity!

John Dryden (1631-1700) English poet, dramatist, critic
The Conquest of Granada, 2.4.3 (1672)
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Of all the tyrannies on humankind,
The worst is that which persecutes the mind.

John Dryden (1631-1700) English poet, dramatist, critic
The Hind and the Panther, 1.240 (1687)
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You rule the Scripture, not the Scripture you.

John Dryden (1631-1700) English poet, dramatist, critic
The Hind and the Panther, 2.769 (1687)
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Where passion rules, how weak does reason prove!

John Dryden (1631-1700) English poet, dramatist, critic
The Rival Ladies, 2.1 (1664)
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We must beat the iron while it is hot, but we may polish it at leisure.

John Dryden (1631-1700) English poet, dramatist, critic
Dedication in his translation of Virgil, The Aeneid
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Better shun the bait than struggle in the snare.

John Dryden (1631-1700) English poet, dramatist, critic
Epistle 13 “To My Honoured Kinsman, John Driden of Chesterton” (1699)
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