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Fame is no plant that grows on mortal soil.


Yet some there be that by due steps aspire
To lay their just hands on that golden key
That opes the palace of Eternity.


Long is the way
And hard, that out of hell leads up to light.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.


Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.

JOHN MILTON, Areopagitica

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but licence.

JOHN MILTON, Tenure of Kings and Magistrates

The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

Love-quarrels oft in pleasing concord end.

JOHN MILTON, Samson Agonistes

Virtue may be assailed, but never hurt,
Surprised by unjust force, but not enthralled.


O thievish Night,
Why shouldst thou, but for some felonious end,
In thy dark lantern thus close up the stars,
That nature hung in heaven, and filled their lamps
With everlasting oil, to give due light
To the misled and lonely traveller?


Peace hath her victories
No less renowned than war.

JOHN MILTON, To the Lord General Cromwell, May 1652

Beauty is Nature's coin, must not be hoarded,
But must be current, and the good thereof
Consists in mutual and partaken bliss.


For neither man nor angel can discern
Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks
Invisible, except to God alone.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

Who overcomes
By force, hath overcome but half his foe.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

Ofttimes nothing profits more
Than self-esteem, grounded on just and right
Well managed.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth
Unseen, both when we wake, and when we sleep.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

Hail wedded love, mysterious law, true source
Of human offspring, sole propriety,
In Paradise of all things common else.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

The oracles are dumb,
No voice or hideous hum
Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving.
Apollo from his shrine
Can no more divine,
With hollow shriek the steep of Delphos leaving.
No nightly trance or breathèd spell,
Inspires the pale-eyed priest from the prophetic cell.


Sweet is the breath of morn, her rising sweet,
With charm of earliest birds.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.

JOHN MILTON, Areopagitica

Good, the more
Communicated, more abundant grows.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously by licensing and prohibiting to misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter.

JOHN MILTON, Areopagitica

What if earth
Be but the shadow of Heaven, and things therein
Each to other like, more than on earth is thought?

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

All heart they live, all head, all eye, all ear,
All intellect, all sense, and as they please
They limb themselves, and colour, shape, or size,
Assume, as likes them best, condense or rare.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

Towered cities please us then,
And the busy hum of men.


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, Of Education

For what can war but endless war still breed?

JOHN MILTON, On the Lord General Fairfax

Revenge, at first though sweet,
Bitter ere long back on itself recoils.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making.

JOHN MILTON, Areopagitica

Yet beauty, though injurious, hath strange power,
After offence returning, to regain
Love once possess'd.

JOHN MILTON, Samson Agonistes

Go in thy native innocence, rely
On what thou hast of virtue, summon all,
For God towards thee hath done his part, do thine.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

The first and wisest of them all professed
To know this only, that he nothing knew.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Regained

Under his forming hands a creature grew,
Man-like, but different sex; so lovely fair
That what seemed fair in all the world, seemed now
Mean, or in her summed up, in her contained,
And in her looks; which from that time infus'd
Sweetness into my heart, unfelt before,
And into all things from her air inspir'd
The spirit of love and amorous delight.
She disappear'd, and left me dark; I wak'd
To find her, or for her ever to deplore
Her loss, and other pleasures abjure:
When out of hope, behold her, not far off,
Such as I saw her in my dream, adorn'd
With what all Earth or Heaven could bestow
To make her amiable: On she came,
Led by her Heavenly Maker, though unseen,
And guided by his voice; nor uninform'd
Of nuptial sanctity, and marriage rites:
Grace was in her steps, heaven in her eye,
In every gesture dignity and love.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

Thou sun, of this great world both eye and soul.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

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