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John Dryden

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Above any Greek or Roman name.
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Of seeming arms to make a short essay, / Then hasten to be drunk, the business of the day.
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None but the brave deserves the fair.
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Him of the western dome, whose weighty sense Flows in fit words and heavenly eloquence.
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The people's prayer, the glad diviner's theme! The young men's vision, and the old men's dream.
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None are so busy as the fool and knave.
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At home the hateful names of parties cease, And factious souls are wearied into peace.
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Swear, food, or starve; for the dilemma's even; A tradesman thou! and hope to go to heaven?
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And plenty makes us poor.
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When rattling bones together fly, / From the four corners of the sky.
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And heaven had wanted one immortal song.
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Treason is not own'd when 'tis descried; Successful crimes alone are justified.
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Nature meant me a wife, a silly harmless household Dove, fond without art; and kind without deceit.
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Self-defense is Nature's eldest law.
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Ever a glutton, at another's cost, But in whose kitchen dwells perpetual frost.
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Boldness is a mask for fear, however great.
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He's a sure card.
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A knock-down argument; 'tis but a word and a blow.
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And kind as kings upon their coronation day.
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War, he sung, is toil and trouble; Honor but an empty bubble.
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Roused by the lash of his own stubborn tail our lion now will foreign foes assail.
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Whatever he did, was done with so much ease, In him alone 'twas natural to please.
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Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have lived today.
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A very merry, dancing, drinking, Laughing, quaffing, and unthinking time.
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The love of liberty with life is given, And life itself the inferior gift of Heaven.
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Nor can his blessed soul look down from heaven, Or break the eternal sabbath of his rest.
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Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
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Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.
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Such subtle Covenants shall be made,Till Peace it self is War in Masquerade.
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What passion cannot music raise and quell!
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Dancing is the poetry of the foot.
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Bold knaves thrive without one grain of sense,
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Even victors are by victory undone
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A mob is the scum that rises utmost when the nation boils
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Not heaven itself upon the past has power; But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.
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But Esau's hands suit ill with Jacob's voice.
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The true Amphitryon.
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Wit will shine Through the harsh cadence of a rugged line.
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She hugged the offender, and forgave the offense, Sex to the last.
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Well may they boast themselves an ancient Nation; For they were bred e'er manners were in fashion
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Whatever is, is in its causes just.
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Mighty things from small beginnings grow.
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Tomorrow do thy worst, I have lived today.
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Be slow to resolve, but quick in performance.
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