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I throw myself down in my chamber, and I call in, and invite God, and his Angels thither, and when they are there, I neglect God and his Angels, for the noise of a fly, for the rattling of a coach, for the whining of a door.


John Donne

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No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.
JOHN DONNE
One short sleep past, we wake eternally, / And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.
JOHN DONNE
Only our love hath no decay; this, no tomorrow hath, nor yesterday, running it never runs from us aw...
JOHN DONNE
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee
JOHN DONNE
I have done one brave thing - Than all the Worthies did; And yet a braver thence doth spring - Which...
JOHN DONNE
Only our love hath no decay;
This no tomorrow hath, nor yesterday,
Running it never runs...
JOHN DONNE
This is joy's bonfire, then, where love's strong arts
Make of so noble individual parts
On...
JOHN DONNE
If our two loves be one, or, thou and I
Love so alike, that none do slacken, none can die.
JOHN DONNE
True and false fears let us refrain,
Let us love nobly, and live, and add again
Years an...
JOHN DONNE
Licence my roving hands, and let them go
Before, behind, between, above, below.
JOHN DONNE
I am two fools, I know,
For loving, and for saying so.
JOHN DONNE
When I died last, and, Dear, I die / As often as from thee I go, / Though it be but an hour ago, / A...
JOHN DONNE
No man is an island entire of itself; every man is part of the main ... Any man's death diminishes m...
JOHN DONNE
Keep us, Lord, so awake in the duties of our callings that we may sleep in Thy peace and wake in Thy...
JOHN DONNE
Commemoration of Richard Meux Benson, Founder of the Society of St John the Evangelist, 1915 Our...
JOHN DONNE
Commemoration of Pandita Mary Ramabai, Translator of the Scriptures, 1922 A memory of yesterday...
JOHN DONNE
He that asks me what heaven is, means not to hear me, but to silence me; He knows I cannot tell him....
JOHN DONNE
Here lies a she sun, and a he moon there;
She gives the best light to his sphere;
Or each ...
JOHN DONNE
Reason is our soul's left hand, faith her right.
JOHN DONNE
He was the word that spake it, He took the bread and brake it; And what that word did make it,...
DR. JOHN DONNE
My forces are not enfeebled, I find no decay in my strength; my provisions are not cut off, I find ...
DR. JOHN DONNE
If we consider eternity, into that time never entered; eternity is not an everlasting flux of time,...
DR. JOHN DONNE
No spring, nor summer beauty hath such grace As I have seen in one autumnal face; Young beauti...
DR. JOHN DONNE
I have just got a new theory of eternity.
DR. JOHN DONNE
We understood Her by her sight; her pure and eloquent blood Spoke in her cheeks, and so distin...
DR. JOHN DONNE
As I grew up, I became aware that there are people with special needs out there, and I have a real c...
ELENA DELLE DONNE
It's expensive to raise a child with special needs, which people don't even think about. Emo...
ELENA DELLE DONNE
I'm doing whatever I have to do to help my team win. So, instead of being focused on anything fr...
ELENA DELLE DONNE
When I was young, I was obsessed with Michael Jordan and the Bulls. He's the only person I get s...
ELENA DELLE DONNE
Volleyball was a lot of fun, but I knew it wasn't my sport.
ELENA DELLE DONNE
That's the thing: You don't understand burnout unless you've been burned out. And it'...
ELENA DELLE DONNE
I could do whatever I wanted as a girl, whatever my brother did. I could play against the boys and a...
ELENA DELLE DONNE
I'd rather be a face for happiness and doing things that you have a passion for, rather than fak...
ELENA DELLE DONNE
I've been homesick for countries I've never been, and longed to be where I couldn't be.
JOHN CHEEVER
Evening of a hot day started the little wind to moving among the leaves. The shade climbed up the hi...
JOHN STEINBECK
Crooks stood up from his bunk and faced her. "I had enough," he said coldly. "You got no rights comi...
JOHN STEINBECK
I ain't got no people. I seen the guys that go around on the ranches alone. That ain't no good. They...
JOHN STEINBECK
Lennie begged, "Le's do it now. Le's get that place now."
"Sure right now. I gotta. We gotta.
JOHN STEINBECK
George's voice became deeper. He repeated his words rhythmically as though he had said them many tim...
JOHN STEINBECK
Ain’t many guys travel around together,” he mused. “I don’t know why. Maybe ever’body in t...
JOHN STEINBECK