John Donne

John
Donne
c. 1572
1631

English Metaphysical Poet, Divine

Author Quotes

One short sleep past, we wake eternally, and death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.

No man is an island.

I am a little world made cunningly.

That soul that can reflect upon itself, consider itself, is more than so.

Death is an ascension to a better library.

o know and feel all this and not have the words to express it makes a human a grave of his own thoughts.

All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated. God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice; but God's hand is in every translation, and His hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again for that library where every book shall lie open to another.

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

Humiliation is the beginning of sanctification.

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.

Reason is our soul’s left hand, faith her right; by these we reach divinity.

This only is charity, to do all, all that we can.

To come to God there is a straight line for every man everywhere.

I shall not live `till I see God; and when I have seen Him, I shall never die.

Our critical day is not the very day of our death; but the whole course of our life.

As peace is of all goodness, so war is an emblem, a hieroglyphic, of all misery.

God’s suffering for man was the Nadir, the lowerst point in God’s humiliation; man’s suffering for God is the Zenith, the highest point of man’s exaltation.

The difference between reason of man and the instinct of the beast is this, that the beast does but know, but the man knows that he knows.

Affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough ot it. No man hath affliction enough that is not matured and ripened by it, and made fit for God by that affliction.

Poetry is a counterfeit creation and makes things that are not, as though they were.

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

Of all commentaries upon the Scriptures, good examples are the best and the liveliest.

Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies.

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or thine own were. Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved with mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

I observe the physician with the same diligence as the disease.

Author Picture
First Name
John
Last Name
Donne
Birth Date
c. 1572
Death Date
1631
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English Metaphysical Poet, Divine