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.


Rhyme is the rock on which thou art to wreck.      

John Dryden

A mob is the scum that rises up most when the nation boils.     

John Dryden

Kings fight for empires, madmen for applause.     

John Dryden

All empire is no more than power in trust.     

John Dryden

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

John Dryden

All delays are dangerous in war.     

John Dryden

Kings fight for empires, madmen for applause.     

John Dryden

Self-defense is Nature's eldest law.     

John Dryden

Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.     

John Dryden

Be slow to resolve, but quick in performance.     

John Dryden

Let cheerfulness on happy fortune wait.     

John Dryden

We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.     

John Dryden

Fortune confounds the wise, And when they least expect it turns the dice.     

John Dryden

Dreams are but interludes which fancy makes.     

John Dryden

Swift and resistless through the land he pass'd / Like that bold Greek who did the east subdue, / And made to battles such heroic haste / As if on wings of victory he flew.     

John Dryden

Death, in itself, is nothing; but we fear, to be we know not what, we know not where.     

John Dryden

He made all countries where he came his own; / And, viewing monarchs' secret arts of sway, / A royal factor for their kingdoms lay. / Thus, banished David spent abroad his time, / When to be God's anointed was his crime; / And, when restored, made his proud neighbours rue / Those choice remarks he from his travels drew. / Nor is he only by afflictions shown / To conquer others' realms, but rule his own.     

John Dryden