Quotations by Milton, John


To-morrow to fresh Woods, and Pastures new.

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet
“Lycidas,” l. 193 (1638)
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Good, the more communicated, more abundant grows.

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet
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He that has light within his own clear breast
May sit i’th center, and enjoy bright day,
But he that hides a dark soul, and foul thoughts
Benighted walks under the mid-day sun;
Himself is his own dungeon.

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet
A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle, ll. 380-84 (1634)
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The title was changed to Comus for the 1737 stage version.
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I will not deny but that the best apology against false accusers is silence and sufferance, and honest deeds set against dishonest words.

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet
An Apology for Smectymnuus (1642)
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As good almost kill a man as kill a good book: who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God’s image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye.

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet
Areopagitica: a Speech for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing to the Parliament of England (1644),
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Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.

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John Milton (1608-1674) English poet
Areopagitica: a Speech for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing (1644)
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Knowledge cannot defile, nor consequently the books, if the will and conscience be not defiled …. Wholesome meats to a vitiated stomach differ little or nothing from unwholesome; and best books to a naughty mind are not unappliable to occasions of evil.

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet
Areopagitica
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A man may be heretic to the truth if he believes things only because his pastor says so, or the assembly so determines, without knowing other reason; though his belief be true, yet the very truth he holds becomes his heresy.

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet
Areopagitica
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Truth is compar’d in Scripture to a streaming fountain; if her waters flow not in a perpetuall progression, they sick’n into a muddy pool of conformity and tradition.

[Truth is compared in Scripture to a streaming fountain; if her waters flow not in a perpetual progression, they sicken into a muddy pool of conformity and tradition.]

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet
Areopagitica (1644)
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THE LADY: Shepherd I take thy word,
And trust thy honest offer’d courtesie,
Which oft is sooner found in lowly sheds
With smoaky rafters, then in tapstry Halls
And Courts of Princes, where it first was nam’d,
And yet is most pretended.

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet
Comus, l. 322ff (1634)
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It is only to the individual faith of each that the Deity has opened the way to salvation.

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet
De Doctrina Cristana, Preface
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Just deeds are the best answer to injurious words.

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet
Observations upon the Articles of Peace with the Irish Rebels (1649)
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The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heav’n of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n.

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet
Paradise Lost, 1.254 (1667)
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Who overcomes
By force, hath overcome but half his foe.

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet
Paradise Lost, 1.648 (1667)
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So spake the Fiend, and with necessity,
The Tyrant’s plea, excus’d his devilish deeds.

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet
Paradise Lost, 4.383 (1667)
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These two
Imparadis’d in one another’s arms.

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet
Paradise Lost, 4.505 (1667)
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Revenge, at first though sweet,
Bitter ere long, back on itself recoils.

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet
Paradise Lost, 9.171 (1667)
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Loneliness is the first thing which God’s eye nam’d not good.

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet
Tetrachordon
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