Famous Quotes & Sayings

John Milton Quotes & Sayings

Enjoy the top 100 famous quotes, sayings and quotations by John Milton.

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pinterest Share on Linkedin

John Milton Quotes 1953932

To whom the wilie Adder, blithe and glad. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1850856

Apostate, still thou err'st, nor end wilt find
Offering, from the paths of truth remote. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 333066

They who have put out the people's eyes reproach them of their blindness. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1623500

Subdue By force, who reason for their law refuse, Right reason for their law. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 2082962

The wife, where danger or dishonor lurks, safest and seemliest by her husband stays, who guards her, or with her the worst endures. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1171631

So glistered the dire Snake , and into fraud Led Eve, our credulous mother, to the Tree Of Prohibition, root of all our woe. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 2216627

In loving thou dost well, in passion not,
Wherein true love consists not: Love refines
The thoughts, and heart enlarges; hath his seat
In reason, and is judicious — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 2105927

If it come to prohibiting, there is aught more likely to be prohibited than truth itself. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 401298

He 's gone, and who knows how he may report Thy words by adding fuel to the flame? — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1690596

For beauty stands
In the admiration only of weak minds
Led captive. Cease to admire, and all her plumes
Fall flat and shrink into a trivial toy,
At every sudden slighting quite abash'd. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 2100102

And, re-assembling our afflicted powers, consult how we may henceforth most offend. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1868872

Wisdom's self oft seeks to sweet retired solitude, where with her best nurse Contemplation, she plumes her feathers, and lets grow her wings that in the various bustle of resort were all to-ruffled, and sometimes impaired. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 96633

Can any mortal mixture of earth's mould Breathe such divine enchanting ravishment? — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 2233778

How gladly would I meet mortality, my sentence, and be earth in sensible! How glad would lay me down, as in my mother's lap! There I should rest, and sleep secure. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1547005

First there was Chaos,
the vast immeasurable abyss
Outrageous as a sea,
dark, wasteful, wild. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 81612

But hail thou Goddess sage and holy, Hail, divinest Melancholy, Whose saintly visage is too bright To hit the sense of human sight, And therefore to our weaker view O'erlaid with black, staid Wisdom's hue. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 108391

For truth is strong next to the Almighty. She needs no policies or stratagems or licensings to make her victorious. These are the shifts and the defences that error uses against her power. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 139962

What need a man forestall his date of grief, And run to meet what he would most avoid?. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 173920

Neither prosperity nor empire nor heaven can be worth winning at the price of a virulent temper, bloody hands, an anguished spirit, and a vain hatred of the rest of the world. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 189398

Aristotle ... imputed this symphony of the heavens ... this music of the spheres to Pythagorus ... But Pythagoras alone of mortals is said to have heard this harmony ... If our hearts were as pure, as chaste, as snowy as Pythagoras' was, our ears would resound and be filled with that supremely lovely music of the wheeling stars. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 199056

Our two first parents, yet the only two Of mankind, in the happy garden placed, Reaping immortal fruits of joy and love, Uninterrupted joy, unrivalled love In blissful solitude. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 235910

I fear yet this iron yoke of outward conformity hath left a slavish print upon our necks: the ghost of a linnen decency yet haunts us. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 239783

What in me is dark
Illumine, what is low raise and support,
That to the height of this great argument
I may assert eternal Providence,
And justify the ways of God to men. 1
Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 22. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 262873

But God himself is truth; in propagating which, as men display a greater integrity and zeal, they approach nearer to the similitude of God, and possess a greater portion of his love. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 271246

'Paradise Lost' is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 289437

As to my blindness, I would rather have mine, if it be necessary, than either theirs, More or yours. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 314198

The oracles are dumb, No voice or hideous hum Runs thro' the arched roof in words deceiving. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 328492

They also serve who only stand and wait. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 344853

Reason also is choice. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 345211

But when Lust By unchaste looks, loose gestures, and foul talk, But most by lewd and lavish arts of sin, Lets in defilement to the inward parts, The soul grows clotted by contagion, Imbodies and imbrutes, till she quite lose The divine property of her first being. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 356585

He who receives
Light from above, from the Fountain of Light,
No other doctrine needs, though granted true;
But these are false, or little else but dreams,
Conjectures, fancies, built on nothing firm. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 364195

Courtesy which oft is found in lowly sheds, with smoky rafters, than in tapestry halls and courts of princes, where it first was named. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 389600

Ere the blabbing eastern scout, The nice morn, on th' Indian steep From her cabin'd loop-hole peep. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 404652

With cowslips wan that hang the pensive head, And every flower that sad embroidery wears. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 472631

And some are fall'n, to disobedience fall'n, And so from Heav'n to deepest Hell; O fall From what high state of bliss into what woe! — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 498095

The end of all learning is to know God, and out of that knowledge to love and imitate Him. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 529408

For what can war, but endless war, still breed? — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 554958

Heaven, the seat of bliss, Brooks not the works of violence and war. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 570247

Then there was war in heaven. But it was not angels. It was that small golden zeppelin, like a long oval world, high up. It seemed as if the cosmic order were gone, as if there had come a new order, a new heavens above us: and as if the world in anger were trying to revoke it. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 631205

Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts And eloquence. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 656896

[Censors] rake through the entrails of many an old good author, with a violation worse than any could be offered to his tomb. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 668504

Where the bright seraphim in burning row
Their loud uplifted angel trumpets blow. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 730754

This manner of writing wherein knowing myself inferior to myself? I have the use, as I may account it, but of my left hand. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 740170

All hope is lost of my reception into grace; what worse? For where no hope is left, is left no fear. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 771641

Luck is the residue of design. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 790708

For Man to tell how human life began is hard; for who himself beginning knew? — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 797397

The childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 802761

Where no hope is left, is left no fear. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 831827

Abashed the devil stood and felt how awful goodness is and saw Virtue in her shape how lovely: and pined his loss — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 855705

He that hath light within their own breast, may sit in the centre and enjoy bright day. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 870687

Peace hath her victories, no less renowned than war. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 934023

Then wilt thou not be loath To leave this Paradise, but shalt possess A Paradise within thee, happier far. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 964784

Eloquence the soul, song charms the senses. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 975906

How charming is divine Philosophy!
Not harsh, and crabbed as dull fools suppose,
But musical as is Apollo's lute,
And a perpetual feast of nectar'd sweets,
Where no crude surfet raigns. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1006352

Pandemonium, the high capital Of Satan and his peers. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1015261

Yet much remains To conquer still; peace hath her victories No less renowned then war, new foes arise Threatening to bind our souls with secular chains: Help us to save free conscience from the paw Of hireling wolves whose gospel is their maw. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1024954

Fear of change perplexes monarchs. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1046287

Th' Angelic Guards ascended, mute and sad For Man, for of his state by this they knew, Much wondring how the suttle Fiend had stoln Entrance unseen. Soon as th' unwelcome news From Earth arriv'd at Heaven Gate, displeas'd All were who heard, dim sadness did not spare That time Celestial visages, yet mixt With pitie, violated not thir bliss. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1090922

The timely dew of sleep Now falling with soft slumb'rous weight inclines Our eyelids. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1123293

The griding sword with discontinuous wound Pass'd through him, but th' Ethereal substance clos'd Not long divisible, and from the gash A stream of Nectarous humor issuing flow'd Sanguin, such as Celestial Spirits may bleed, And all his Armour staind ere while so bright. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1167128

Hide me from day's garish eye. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1173806

The happy place
Imparts to thee no happiness, no joy
Rather inflames thy torment, representing
Lost bliss, to thee no more communicable;
So never more in Hell than when in Heaven. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1257388

Deep vers'd in books, and shallow in himself. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1259562

One sip of this will bathe the drooping spirits in delight, beyond the bliss of dreams. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1271833

And if by prayer Incessant I could hope to change the will Of Him who all things can, I would not cease To weary Him with my assiduous cries. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1296986

Virtue, which breaks through opposition and all temptation can remove, most shines, and most is acceptable above. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1314308

Thoughts that voluntary move Harmonious numbers. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1346323

When a king sets himself to bandy against the highest court and residence of all regal powers, he then, in the single person of a man, fights against his own majesty and kingship. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1346718

Only this I know, That one celestial father gives to all. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1385887

Let none admire that riches grow in hell; that soil may best deserve the precious bane. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1389069

The best apology against false accusers is silence. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1404784

We read not that Christ ever exercised force but once; and that was to drive profane ones out of his Temple, not to force them in. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1416389

Heaven open'd wide Her ever during gates, harmonious sound, On golden hinges moving. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1422868

How sweetly did they float upon the wings Of silence through the empty-vaulted night, At every fall smoothing the raven down Of darkness till it smiled! — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1432045

Chaos umpire sits And by decision more embroils the fray by which he reigns: next him high arbiter Chance governs all. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1434181

Chaos and ancient Night, I come no spy,
With purpose to explore or to disturb
The secrets of your realm, but by constraint
Wand'Ring this darksome desert, as my way
Lies through your spacious empire up to light,
Alone, and without guide, half lost, I seek
What readiest path leads where your gloomy bounds
Confine with Heav'n; or if som other place
From your Dominion won, th' Ethereal King
Possesses lately, thither to arrive
I travel this profound, direct my course;
Directed no mean recompence it brings
To your behoof, if I that Region lost,
All usurpation then expelled, reduce
To her original darkness and your sway
(Which is my present journey) and once more
Erect the Standard there of ancient Night;
Yours be th' advantage all, mine the revenge.
970-987 — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1488775

God does not need man nor his won works. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1526451

Faithful found among the faithless. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1573658

Freely they stood who stood, and fell who fell. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1583358

Part of my soul I seek thee, and claim thee my other half — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1622421

His words, like so many nimble and airy servitors, trip about him at command. Ibid. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1648679

The mind is a universe and can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1694085

United thoughts and counsels, equal hope And hazard in the glorious enterprise. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1742858

Spirits when they please Can either sex assume, or both. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1775865

Infinity is a dark illimitable ocean, without bound. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1927672

Heav'nly love shall outdoo Hellish hate — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1932760

Now I see Peace to corrupt no less than war to waste. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 1937867

I will point ye out the right path of a virtuous and noble Education; laborious indeed at first ascent, but else so smooth, so green, so full of goodly prospect, and melodious sounds on every side, that the harp of Orpheus was not more charming. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 2049844

O'er many a frozen, many a fiery Alp, Rocks, caves, lakes, fens, bogs, dens, and shades of death. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 2074908

So spake the Son, and into terrour chang'd His count'nance too severe to be beheld And full of wrauth bent on his Enemies. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 2075629

In the sweat of thy face thou shalt eat bread,
Till thou return unto the ground; for thou
Out of the ground wast taken; know thy birth,
For dust thou art, and shalt to dust return. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 2093530

Go; for thy stay, not free, absents thee more. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 2160510

Shall that be shut to man, which to the beast
Is open? or will God incense his ire
For such a petty trespass? and not praise
Rather your dauntless virtue, whom the pain
Of death denounced, whatever thing death be,
Deterred not from achieving what might lead
To happier life, knowledge of good and evil;
Of good, how just? of evil, if what is evil
Be real, why not known, since easier shunned?
God therefore cannot hurt ye, and be just;
Not just, not God: not feared then, nor obeyed:
Your fear itself of death removes the fear.
Why then was this forbid? Why, but to awe;
Why, but to keep ye low and ignorant,
His worshippers? He knows that in the day
Ye eat thereof, your eyes, that seem so clear,
Yet are but dim, shall perfectly be then
Opened and cleared, and ye shall be as gods,
Knowing both good and evil, as they know. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 2182523

What neat repast shall feast us, light and choice, Of Attic taste? — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 2218368

Ah, much deluded! lay aside
Thy threats, and anger misapplied!
Art not afraid with sounds like these
To offend, where thou canst not appease?
Death is not (wherefore dream'st thou thus?)
The son of night and Erebus:
Not was of fell Erynnis born
On gulfs where Chaos rules forlorn.
But sent from God, his presence leaves,
To gather home his ripen'd sheaves,
To call encumber'd souls away
From fleshly bonds to boundless day,
(As when the winged hours excited,
And summon forth the morning light)
And each to convoy to her place
Before the Eternal Father's face. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 2223077

Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them ... I know they are as lively and as vigorously productive as those fabulous dragon's teeth and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 2223333

Ye cannot make us now lesse capable, lesse knowing, lesse eagarly pursuing of the Truth, unlesse ye first make yourselves that made us so, lesse the lovers, lesse the founders of our true Liberty. We can grow ignorant again, brutish, formall, and slavish as ye found us, but you then must first become that which ye cannot be, oppressive, arbitrary, and tyrannous as they were from whom ye have free'd us. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 2245242

How wearisom
Eternity so spent in worship paid
To whom we hate. Let us not then pursue
By force impossible, by leave obtain'd
Unacceptable, though in Heav'n, our state
Of splendid vassalage, but rather seek
Our own good from our selves, and from our own
Live to our selves, though in this vast recess,
Free, and to none accountable, preferring
Hard liberty before the easie yoke
Of servile Pomp — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 2249238

So spake the Seraph Abdiel faithful found,
Among the faithless, faithful only hee;
Among innumerable false, unmov'd,
Unshak'n, unseduc'd, unterrifi'd
His Loyaltie he kept, his Love, his Zeale;
Nor number, nor example with him wrought
To swerve from truth, or change his constant mind
Though single. From amidst them forth he passd,
Long way through hostile scorn, which he susteind
Superior, nor of violence fear'd aught;
And with retorted scorn his back he turn'd
On those proud Towrs to swift destruction doom'd. — John Milton

John Milton Quotes 2266582

Solitude sometimes is best society. — John Milton