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 :: 1572-1632, British Metaphysical Poet

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Love was as subtly caught, as a disease; But being got it is a treasure sweet, which to defend is harder than to get: And ought not be profaned on either part, for though 'Tis got by chance, 'Tis kept by art.
~ John Donne - [Love]

 

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

 

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Man is not only a contributory creature, but a total creature; he does not only make one, but he is all; he is not a piece of the world, but the world itself; and next to the glory of God, the reason why there is a world.
~ John Donne - [Humankind]

 

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More than kisses letters mingle souls.
~ John Donne - [Letters]

 

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No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.
~ John Donne - [Cooperation]

 

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Pleasure is none, if not diversified.
~ John Donne - [Pleasure]

 

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Reason is our soul's left hand, faith her right, by these we reach divinity.
~ John Donne - [Faith]

 

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Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls. For, thus friends absent speak.
~ John Donne - [Letters]

 

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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 - [Infatuation]

 

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To be no part of any body, is to be nothing.
~ John Donne - [Rejection]

 

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We are all conceived in close prison; in our mothers wombs, we are close prisoners all; when we are born, we are born but to the liberty of the house; prisoners still, though within larger walls; and then all our life is but a going out to the place of execution, to death.
~ John Donne - [Prison]

 

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When I died last, and, Dear, I die as often as from thee I go though it be but an hour ago and lovers hours be full eternity.
~ John Donne - [Farewells]

 

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When one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language.
~ John Donne - [Death and Dying]

 

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Whenever any affliction assails me, I have the keys of my prison in mine own hand, and no remedy presents it selfe so soone to my heart, as mine own sword. Often meditation of this hath wonne me to a charitable interpretation of their action, who dy so: and provoked me a little to watch and exagitate their reasons, which pronounce so peremptory judgments upon them.
~ John Donne - [Suicide]

 

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Wicked is not much worse than indiscreet.
~ John Donne - [Evil]

 

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