John Donne Quotes

Sleep is pain’s easiest salve, and doth fulfill all the offices of death, except to kill.

We study health, and we deliberate upon our meats and drink and air and exercises, and we hew and we polish every stone that goes to that building; and so our health is a long and regular work. But in a minute a cannon batters all, overthrows all, demolishes all; a sickness unprevented for all […]

Poetry is a counterfeit creation, and makes things that are not, as though they were.

Keep us, Lord, so awake in the duties of our callings that we may sleep in Thy peace and wake in Thy glory.

And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

To roam, giddily, and be everywhere but at home, Such freedom doth a banishment become.

Despair is the damp of hell, as joy is the serenity of heaven.

For as every man is a world in himself, so every man is a church in himself.

Love’s mysteries in souls do grow, But yet the body is his book.

There is a hook in every benefit that sticks in his jaws that takes the benefit, and draws him whither the benefactor will.