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John Donne Quotes

If I dream I have you, I have you, for all our joys are but fantastical.
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And who understands? Not me, because if I did I would forgive it all.

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Licence my roving hands, and let them go
Before, behind, between, above, below.

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Batter my heart, three-person'd God ; for you
As yet but knock ; breathe, shine, and seek to mend ;
That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend
Your force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new.
I, like an usurp'd town, to another due,
Labour to admit you, but O, to no end.
Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend,
But is captived, and proves weak or untrue.
Yet dearly I love you, and would be loved fain,
But am betroth'd unto your enemy ;
Divorce me, untie, or break that knot again,
Take me to you, imprison me, for I,
Except you enthrall me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.

— John Donne

Sir, more than kisses,
letters mingle souls;
For, thus friends absent speak.

— John Donne

Other men's crosses are not my crosses.

— John Donne

If ever any beauty I did see,
Which I desired, and got, 'twas but a dream of thee.

— John Donne

I joy, that in these straits I see my west;

— John Donne

And what is so intricate, so entangling as death? Who ever got out of a winding sheet?

— John Donne

If I dream I have you, I have you, for all our joys are but fantastical.

— John Donne

The heavens rejoice in motion, why should I Abjure my so much loved variety.

— John Donne

And dare love that, and say so too, And forget the He and She.

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If they be two, they are two so As stiff twin compasses are two, Thy soul the fixt foot, makes no show To move, but doth, if the other do.

— John Donne

Batter my heart, three-personed God, for you As yet but knock; breathe, shine, and seek to mend; That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new.

— John Donne

Festive alcohol sometimes leads to an excess of honesty.

— John Donne

There is in every miracle a silent chiding of the world, and a tacit reprehension of them who require, or who need miracles.

— John Donne

Men are sponges, which, to pour out, receive;
Who know false play, rather than lose, deceive.
For in best understandings sin began,
Angels sinn'd first, then devils, and then man.
Only perchance beasts sin not ; wretched we
Are beasts in all but white integrity.

— John Donne

We can die by it, if not live by love, And if unfit for tombs and hearse Our legend be, it will be fit for verse; And if no peace of chronicle we prove, We'll build in sonnet pretty rooms; As well a well wrought urne becomes The greatest ashes, as half-acre tombs.

— John Donne

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