John Dryden Quotes

Dancing is the poetry of the foot.

How easy ’tis when Destiny proves kind: With full-spread sails to run before the wind!

Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well; the chiefest part of which is to observe those excellencies which delight a reasonable reader.

Successful crimes alone are justified.

They can conquer who believe they can.

Asebia: We never valued right and wrong But as they serve our cause. Zelota: Our business was to please the throng, and court their wind applause. Asebia For this we bribed the lawyer’s tongue and then destroyed the laws.

None but the brave deserves the fair.

Mrs. Dryden: “Lord, Mr. Dryden, how can you always be poring over these musty books. I wish I were a book, and then I should have more of your company.” Dryden: “Pray, my dear; if you become a book let it be an almanack,for then I shall change you every year.”

Bold knaves thrive without one grain of sense, But good men starve for want of impudence.

Fortune befriends the bold.