John Dryden Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old john dryden quotes, john dryden sayings, and john dryden proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Beware the fury of a patient man.      

John Dryden

Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul.      

John Dryden

The world's an inn, and death the journey's end.     

John Dryden

It is madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because by herself she is nothing and is ruled by prudence.      

John Dryden

Dancing is the poetry of the foot.     

John Dryden

Great wits are sure to madness near allied; And thin partitions do their bonds divide.     

John Dryden

Shame on the body for breaking down while the spirit perseveres.     

John Dryden

Pains of love be sweeter far than all the other pleasures are.     

John Dryden

Love reckons hours for months, and days for years; and every little absence is an age.     

John Dryden

There is a pleasure in being mad, which none but madmen know.     

John Dryden

The elephant is never won by anger; nor must that man who would reclaim a lion take him by the teeth.     

John Dryden

The winds that never moderation knew, Afraid to blow too much, too faintly blew; Or out of breath with joy, could not enlarge Their straighten'd lungs or conscious of their charge.     

John Dryden

She feared no danger, for she knew no sin.     

John Dryden

What judgment I had increases rather than diminishes; and thoughts, such as they are, come crowding in so fast upon me, that my only difficulty is to choose or reject; to run them into verse or to give them the other harmony of prose.     

John Dryden

The soft complaining flute, In dying notes, discovers The woes of hopeless lovers.      

John Dryden

Such subtle covenants shall be made, 'til peace itself is war in masquerade.     

John Dryden

For mysterious things of faith, rely on the proponent, Heaven's authority.     

John Dryden

For danger levels man and brute And all are fellows in their need.     

John Dryden

He invades authors like a monarch; and what would be theft in other poets is only victory in him.     

John Dryden

Rhyme is the rock on which thou art to wreck, 'Tis fatal to thy fame and to thy neck.     

John Dryden

The thought of being nothing after death is a burden insupportable to a virtuous man.     

John Dryden

Satire is a kind of poetry in which human vices are reprehended.     

John Dryden

Interest makes all seem reason that leads to it.     

John Dryden

All authors to their own defects are blind.     

John Dryden

Great wits are to madness near allied And thin partitions do their bounds divide     

John Dryden

Like pilgrims to the appointed place we tend; The world's an inn, and death the journey's end.     

John Dryden

Humility and resignation are our prime virtues.     

John Dryden

The commendation of adversaries is the greatest triumph of a writer, because it never comes unless extorted.     

John Dryden

And that the Scriptures, though not everywhere Free from corruption, or entire, or clear, Are uncorrupt, sufficient, clear, entire In all things which our needful faith require.     

John Dryden

And that the Scriptures, though not everywhere Free from corruption, or entire, or clear, Are uncorrupt, sufficient, clear, entire In all things which our needful faith require.     

John Dryden