Inspiring John Milton Quotes and Sayings

Inspiring John Milton Quotes and Sayings

John Milton was an English poet, polemicist, a man of letters, and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under its Council of State and later under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost, written in blank verse
Born: December 9, 1608,
Died: November 8, 1674

Inspiring John Milton Quotes

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven..”
― John Milton,

How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth,
Stolen on his wing my three-and-twentieth year!”
― John Milton

“The mind is a universe and can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”
― John Milton

Inspiring John Milton Quotes

“What hath night to do with sleep?”
― John Milton,

“For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.”
― John Milton,

Inspiring John Milton Quotes

“Better to reign in Hell, than to serve in Heaven.”
― John Milton, Paradise Lost

“Solitude sometimes is the best society.”
― John Milton,

“Freely we serve
Because we freely love, as in our will
To love or not; in this, we stand or fall.”
― John Milton

“Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to the light.”
― John Milton, Paradise Lost

Inspiring John Milton Quotes

“Awake, arise or be for ever fallen.”
― John Milton, Paradise Lost

“Abashed the devil stood and felt how awful goodness is and saw Virtue in her shape how lovely: and pined his loss”
― John Milton, Paradise Lost

“I will not deny but that the best apology against false accusers is silence and sufferance, and honest deeds set against dishonest words.”
― John Milton

“All is not lost, the unconquerable Will, And study of revenge, immortal hate, and the courage never to submit or yield.”
― John Milton, Paradise Lost

“Innocence, Once Lost, Can Never Be Regained. Darkness, Once Gazed Upon, Can Never Be Lost.”
― John Milton

Inspiring John Milton Quotes

“Never can true reconcilement grow where wounds of deadly hate have pierced so deep…”
― John Milton, Paradise Lost

“Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.”
― John Milton, Areopagitica

“A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.”
― John Milton, Areopagitica

“Farewell Hope, and with Hope farewell Fear”
― John Milton

“I sang of Chaos and Eternal Night, Taught by the heav’nly Muse to venture down
The dark descent, and up to reascend…”
― John Milton, Paradise Lost

“Me miserable! Which way shall I fly
Infinite wrath and infinite despair?
Which way I fly is hell; myself am hell;
And in the lowest deep a lower deep,
Still threatening to devour me, opens wide,
To which the hell I suffer seems a heaven.”
― John Milton, Paradise Lost

“Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind.”
― John Milton, Comus

“This horror will grow mild, this darkness light.”
― John Milton, Paradise Lost
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“What is dark within me, illumine.”
― John Milton, Paradise Lost

“For so I created them free and free they must remain.”
― John Milton, Paradise Lost

“So dear I love him, that with him all deaths I could endure, without him live no life.”
― John Milton

“What needs my Shakespeare for his honored bones,
The labor of an age in pilèd stones,
Or that his hallowed relics should be hid
Under a star-y-pointing pyramid?
Dear son of memory, great heir of fame,
What need’st thou such weak witness of thy name?”
― John Milton, The Complete Poetry

“Yet he who reigns within himself, and rules
Passions, desires, and fears, is more a king.”
― John Milton, Paradise Regained

“Into this wild Abyss/ The womb of Nature, and perhaps her grave–/ Of neither sea, nor shore, nor air, nor fire,/ But all these in their pregnant causes mixed/ Confusedly, and which thus must ever fight,/ Unless the Almighty Maker them ordain/ His dark materials to create more worlds,–/ Into this wild Abyss the wary Fiend/ Stood on the brink of Hell and looked a while,/ Pondering his voyage; for no narrow frith/ He had to cross. ”

― John Milton, Paradise Lost

John Milton Quote

“A mind not to be changed by place or time.
The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”
― John Milton, Paradise Lost

“Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay
To mold me, man? Did I solicit thee
From darkness to promote me?”
― John Milton, Paradise Lost

“Freely they stood who stood, and fell who fell. ”
― John Milton, Paradise Lost

“And so sepúlchred in such pomp dost lie,
That kings for such a tomb would wish to die.”
― John Milton, The Complete Poetry

John Milton Quote

“Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.”
― John Milton, The Complete Poetry