John Milton

(9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674 / London, England)

John Milton Quotes

  • ''None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but licence.''
    John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. repr. In Complete Prose Works of Milton, ed. Ernest Sirluck (1959). The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates (1649).
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  • ''No man who knows aught, can be so stupid to deny that all men naturally were born free.''
    John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. repr. In Complete Prose Works of Milton, ed. Ernest Sirluck (1959). The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates (1649).
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  • ''A man may be a heretic in the truth; and if he believe things only because his pastor says so, or the assembly so determines, without knowing other reason, though his belief be true, yet the very truth he holds becomes his heresy.''
    John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. Areopagitica: a Speech for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing to the Parliament of England (1644).
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  • ''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.''
    John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. Areopagitica: a Speech for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing to the Parliament of England (1644).
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  • ''Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.''
    John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. Areopagitica: a Speech for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing to the Parliament of England (1644).
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  • ''When complaints are freely heard, deeply considered and speedily reformed, then is the utmost bound of civil liberty attained that wise men look for.''
    John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. Areopagitica: a Speech for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing to the Parliament of England (1644).
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  • ''A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.''
    John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. repr. In Complete Prose Works of Milton, ed. Ernest Sirluck (1959). Areopagitica: a Speech for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing to the Parliament of England (1644).
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  • ''Adam inquires concerning celestial motions, is doubtfully answered, and exhorted to search rather things more worthy of knowledge.''
    John Milton (1608-1614), British poet. Paradise Lost, heading of bk. 8. See Milton under "Science" for the angel Raphael's "doubtful answer."
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  • ''Fame is no plant that grows on mortal soil.''
    John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. repr. In Milton's Poetical Works, ed. Douglas Bush (1966). Phoebes, in Lycidas, l. 78 (1637).
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  • ''Lords are lordliest in their wine.''
    John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. Samson Agonistes, l. 1418 (1671).
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At A Solemn Music

Blest pair of Sirens, pledges of Heav'n's joy,
Sphere-born harmonious Sisters, Voice and Verse,
Wed your divine sounds, and mixt power employ
Dead things with inbreath'd sense able to pierce,
And to our high-rais'd fantasy present
That undisturbed Song of pure concent,
Ay sung before that saphire-colour'd throne
To Him that sits thereon
With Saintly shout and solemn Jubilee,
Where the bright Seraphim in burning row
Their loud up-lifted Angel trumpets blow,
And the Cherubic host in thousand choirs
Touch their immortal Harps of golden wires, ...

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At A Solemn Music

Blest pair of Sirens, pledges of Heav'n's joy,
Sphere-born harmonious Sisters, Voice and Verse,
Wed your divine sounds, and mixt power employ
Dead things with inbreath'd sense able to pierce,
And to our high-rais'd fantasy present
That undisturbed Song of pure concent,
Ay sung before that saphire-colour'd throne
To Him that sits thereon
With Saintly shout and solemn Jubilee,

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