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John Donne Quotes

(1572-1632), British Metaphysical Poet

Let us love nobly, and live, and add again years and years unto years, till we attain to write threescore: this is the second of our reign.

Category: Anniversaries

He must pull out his own eyes, and see no creature, before he can say, he sees no God; He must be no man, and quench his reasonable soul, before he can say to himself, there is no God.

Category: Atheism

No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.

Category: Cooperation

As virtuous men pass mildly away, and whisper to their souls to go, whilst some of their sad friends do say, the breath goes now, and some say no.

Category: Death And Dying

Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so. For, those, whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow. Die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me.

Category: Death And Dying

I would not that death should take me asleep. I would not have him merely seize me, and only declare me to be dead, but win me, and overcome me. When I must shipwreck, I would do it in a sea, where mine impotency might have some excuse; not in a sullen weedy lake, where I could not have so much as exercise for my swimming.

Category: Death And Dying

When one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language.

Category: Death And Dying

I observe the physician with the same diligence as the disease.

Category: Doctors

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

Category: Doubt

Wicked is not much worse than indiscreet.

Category: Evil

As he that fears God hears nothing else, so, he that sees God sees every thing else.

Category: Faith

Reason is our soul's left hand, faith her right, by these we reach divinity.

Category: Faith

When I died last, and, Dear, I die as often as from thee I go though it be but an hour ago and lovers hours be full eternity.

Category: Farewells

At most, the greatest persons are but great wens, and excrescences; men of wit and delightful conversation, but as morals for ornament, except they be so incorporated into the body of the world that they contribute something to the sustentation of the whole.

Category: Greatness

Man is not only a contributory creature, but a total creature; he does not only make one, but he is all; he is not a piece of the world, but the world itself; and next to the glory of God, the reason why there is a world.

Category: Humankind