Quotes by John Milton

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John Milton (December 9, 1608 November 8, 1674) was an English poet, best-known for his epic poem Paradise Lost. more

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And when night, darkens the streets, then wander forth the sons of Belial, flown with insolence and wine.

Thus Belial, with words clothed in reason's garb, counseled ignoble ease, and peaceful sloth, not peace.
How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth, stolen on his wing my three-and-twentieth year!
I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.
Let none admire that riches grow in hell; that soil may best deserve the precious bane.
Let those who would write heroic poems make their life an heroic poem.
Childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day.
The power of Kings and Magistrates is nothing else, but what is only derivative, transferrd and committed to them in trust from the People, to the Common good of them all, in whom the power yet remaines fundamentally, and cannot be takn from them, without a violation of thir natural birthright.
He that has light within his own cleer brestMay sit ith center, and enjoy bright day,But he that hides a dark soul, and foul thoughtsBenighted walks under the mid-day Sun;Himself is his own dungeon.
For man he seemsIn all his lineaments, though in his faceThe glimpses of his Fathers glory shine.
To speak when there is nothing to be said: this is imprudence. To be silent when there is something to be said: this is deception. To speak without paying attention to the expression on the person's face: this is called blindness.
Hail bounteous May that dost inspire Mirth and youth and warm desire!
Love in marriage cannot live nor subsist unless it be mutual; and where love cannot be, there can be left of wedlock nothing but the empty husk of an outside matrimony, as undelightful and unpleasing to God as any other kind of hypocrisy.