1608-1674, British Poet
From man or angel the great Architect did wisely to conceal, and not divulge his secrets to be scanned by them who ought rather admire; or if they list to try conjecture, he his fabric of the heavens left to their disputes, perhaps to move his laughter at their quaint opinions wide hereafter, when they come to model heaven calculate the stars, how they will wield the mighty frame, how build, unbuild, contrive to save appearances, how gird the sphere with centric and eccentric scribbled o'er, and epicycle, orb in orb.
John Milton – [Science and Scientists]
Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.
John Milton – [Freedom of Speech]
Good, the more communicated, more abundant grows.
John Milton – [Communication]
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.
John Milton – [Prayer]
He that has light within his own clear breast may sit in the center, and enjoy bright day: But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts benighted walks under the mid-day sun;
John Milton – [Character]
He who reins within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king
John Milton – [Self-control]
How charming is divine philosophy! Not harsh and crabbed, as dull fools suppose, but musical as is Apollo's lute, and a perpetual feast of nectared sweets, where no crude surfeit reigns.
John Milton – [Philosophers and Philosophy]
How gladly would I meet mortality, my sentence, and be earth in sensible! how glad would lay me down, as in my mother's lap! There I should rest, and sleep secure.
John Milton – [Death and Dying]
How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth, stolen on his wing my three-and-twentieth year!
John Milton – [Age and Aging]
I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.
John Milton – [Virtue]
It is not miserable to be blind; it is miserable to be incapable of enduring blindness.
John Milton – [Eyes]
Let none admire that riches grow in hell; that soil may best deserve the precious bane.
John Milton – [Wealth]
Let those who would write heroic poems make their life an heroic poem.
John Milton – [Writers and Writing]
License they mean when they cry liberty.
John Milton – [Liberty]
Lords are lordliest in their wine.
John Milton – [Aristocracy]
Methinks I see in my mind a noble and puissant nation rousing herself like a strong man after sleep, and shaking her invincible locks. Methinks I see her as an eagle mewing her mighty youth, and kindling her undazzled eyes at the full midday beam.
John Milton – [Nations]
Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth unseen, both when we sleep and when we awake.
John Milton – [Angels]
None can love freedom heartily, but good men… the rest love not freedom, but license.
John Milton – [Freedom]
Nor aught availed him now to have built in heaven high towers; nor did he scrape by all his engines, but was headlong sent with his industrious crew to build in hell.
John Milton – [Architecture]
Not to know me argues yourselves unknown.
John Milton – [Fame]