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John Donne Quotes and Sayings

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More than kisses, letters mingle souls.
- John Donne

Related topics: Love

Be thine own palace, or the world's thy jail.
- John Donne

Reason is our soul's left hand, faith her right.
- John Donne

Love built on beauty, soon as beauty,
dies.
- John Donne

 

I am two fools, I know, for loving, and for saying so in whining poetry.
- John Donne

The day breaks not, it is my heart.
- John Donne

For God's sake hold your tongue, and let me love.
- John Donne

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As virtuous men pass mildly away, and whisper to their souls to go,
whilst some of their sad friends do say,
the breath goes now, and some say no.
- John Donne

Nature's great masterpiece, an elephant;
the only harmless great thing.
- John Donne

But I do nothing upon myself, and yet I am my own executioner.
- John Donne

No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have
seen in one autumnal face.
- John Donne

God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age,
some by sickness, some by war, some by justice.
- John Donne

Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime,
nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.
- John Donne

Pleasure is none, if not diversified.
- John Donne

Humiliation is the beginning of sanctification.
- John Donne

Despair is the damp of hell, as joy is the serenity of heaven.
- John Donne

Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind;
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for thee.
- John Donne

I observe the physician with the same diligence as the disease.
- John Donne

And new Philosophy calls all in doubt,
the element of fire is quite put out;
the Sun is lost,
and the earth, and no mans wit can well direct him where to look for it.
- John Donne

When one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book,
but translated into a better language.
- John Donne

Since you would save none of me, I bury some of you.
- John Donne

Art is the most passionate orgy within man's grasp.
- John Donne

Wicked is not much worse than indiscreet.
- John Donne

Affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it.
- John Donne

No man is an island, entire of itself;
every man is a piece of the continent.
- John Donne

Busy old fool, unruly Sun, why dost thou thus through
windows and through curtains call on us? Must to thy
motions lovers seasons run?
- John Donne

But let them sleep, Lord, and me mourn a space.
- John Donne

He must pull out his own eyes, and see no creature,
before he can say, he sees no God; He must be no man,
and quench his reasonable soul, before he can say to himself,
there is no God.
- John Donne

Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful,
for thou art not so.
For, those, whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow.
Die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
- John Donne

As states subsist in part by keeping their weaknesses from being known,
so is it the quiet of families to have their chancery
and their parliament within doors,
and to compose and determine all emergent differences there.
- John Donne

A wise girl kisses but doesn't love,
listens but doesn't believe,
and leaves before she is left.
- Marilyn Monroe

It's tough to stay married.
My wife kisses the dog on the lips, yet she won't drink from my glass.
- Rodney Dangerfield

Some people talk about screen kisses being strange or uncomfortable.
But I think that I got along with Anna well enough that it just happened;
it was a fun day of shooting.
- Shawn Ashmore

People think, 'Wow, you're an actress,
so people must be really nice to you and kiss your ass.'
NOBODY kisses my ass.
- Alicia Silverstone

I had so many freckles that my mother used to say that
they were kisses from the angels.
I still have them.
- Lara Flynn Boyle

She walks well, she looks good.
Let's see how she kisses.
- Strom Thurmond

The doctor must have put my pacemaker in wrong.
Every time my husband kisses me, the garage door goes up.
- Minnie Pearl

You are always new, The last of your kisses was ever the sweetest.
- John Keats

Stolen kisses are always sweetest.
- Leigh Hunt

God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.
- Henry Ward Beecher

People who throw kisses are hopelessly lazy.
- Bob Hope

Because Larry, by then, was a drummer,
who would sort of get bored and tired,
and rather stand up and blow kisses to people.
So we needed the bass to sort of drive along.
- Neil Innes

God's wounds cure, sin's kisses kill.
- William Gurnall

My 10th Sonata is a sonata of insects.
Insects are born from the sun...
they are the sun's kisses.
- Alexander Scriabin

He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity's sun rise.
- William Blake

To me, there is no greater act of courage than being
the one who kisses first.
- Janeane Garofalo

They say that a good cook can ignite sparks by the way he kisses.
The way I see, just because a guy can turn on the stove
doesn't necessarily make him a good cook.
- Stefanie Powers

Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.
- Jerome K. Jerome

Kisses, even to the air, are beautiful.
- Drew Barrymore

Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.
- e. e. cummings

Oh, what lies there are in kisses.
- Heinrich Heine

I will not play tug o' war.
I'd rather play hug o' war.
Where everyone hugs instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins,
and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.
- Shel Silverstein

Moving between the legs of tables and of chairs,
rising or falling, grasping at kisses and toys,
advancing boldly, sudden to take alarm,
retreating to the corner of arm and knee,
eager to be reassured, taking pleasure in the fragrant
brilliance of the Christmas tree.
- Frank Howard Clark

He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question
than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
- Bruce Lee

Wise men put their trust in ideas
and not in circumstances
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

I have always been regretting that
I was not as wise as the day I was born.
- Henry David Thoreau

He is a wise man who does not grieve
for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those which he has.
- Epictetus

It is always wise to look ahead,
but difficult to look further than you can see.
- Winston Churchill

Early to bed and early to rise,
makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
- Benjamin Franklin

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere,
while the pessimist sees only the red stoplight.
The truly wise person is colorblind.
- Albert Schweitzer

A wise man will make haste to forgive,
because he knows the true value of time,
and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
- Samuel Johnson

A wise man hears one word and understands two.
- Yiddish Proverb

Take risks: if you win, you will be happy;
if you lose, you will be wise.
- Anonymous

Everyone is wise, until he speaks.
- Irish proverb

The wise man looks into space,
and does not regard the small as too little,
nor the great as too much;
for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions.
- Lao Tzu


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