John Dryden Quotes

Three poets in three different ages born, Greece, Italy, and England did adorn. The first in loftiness of soul surpassed, The next in majesty, in both the last. The force of nature could no further go; To make a third she joined the other two. (Milton – the other two were Homer and Virgil)

Rich the treasure; sweet the pleasure.

Nor is the people’s judgment always true: The most may err as grossly as the few.

Never was patriot yet, but was a fool.

If passion rules, how weak does reason prove!

They who would combat general authority with particular opinion, must first establish themselves a reputation of understanding better than other men.

A narrow mind begets obstinacy; we do not easily believe what we cannot see.

A mob is the scum that rises up most when the nation boils.

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

Woman’s honor is nice as ermine; it will not bear a soil.