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No Spring nor Summer beauty hath such grace As I have seen in one Autumnal face.
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.
Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime, nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.
Death comes equally to us all, and makes us all equal when it comes.
Busy old fool, unruly Sun, why dost thou thus through windows and through curtains call on us? Must to thy motions lovers seasons run?
Twice or thrice had I loved thee before I knew thy face or name, so in a voice, so in a shapeless flame, angels affect us oft, and worshiped be.
What gnashing is not a comfort, what gnawing of the worm is not a tickling, what torment is not a marriage bed to this damnation, to be secluded eternally, eternally, eternally from the sight of God?
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.
More than kisses, letters mingle souls.
When one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language.
ask not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee
Full nakedness! All my joys are due to thee, as souls unbodied, bodies unclothed must be, to taste whole joys.
Be thine own palace, or the world's thy jail.
True joy is the earnest which we have of heaven, it is the treasure of the soul, and therefore should be laid in a safe place, and nothing in this world is safe to place it in.
Love's mysteries in souls do grow, But yet the body is his book.
Come live with me, and be my love, And we will some new pleasures prove Of golden sands, and crystal brooks, With silken lines, and silver hooks.
we give each other a smile with a future in it
Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies.
O Lord, never suffer us to think that we can stand by ourselves, and not need thee.
Sleep with clean hands, either kept clean all day by integrity or washed clean at night by repentance.
The flea, though he kill none, he does all the harm he can.
In heaven it is always autumn.
I am two fools, I know, For loving, and for saying so.
To roam Giddily, and be everywhere but at home, Such freedom doth a banishment become.
As peace is of all goodness, so war is an emblem, a hieroglyphic, of all misery.
Death is an ascension to a better library.
For love all love of other sights controls and makes one little room an everywhere
In the first minute that my soul is infused, the Image of God is imprinted in my soul; so forward is God in my behalf, and so early does he visit me.
I wonder, by my troth, what thou and I Did, till we lov'd?
Despair is the damp of hell, as joy is the serenity of heaven.
No man is an island unto himself.
Art is the most passionate orgy within man's grasp.
As soon as there was two there was pride.
Humiliation is the beginning of sanctification.
So in a voice, so in a shapeless flame, Angels affect us often.
Our two souls therefore which are one, Though I must go, endure not yet A breach, but an expansion, Like gold to airy thinness beat.
How imperfect is all our knowledge!
So, so, break off this last lamenting kiss, Which sucks two souls, and vapors both away.
Nothing but man of all envenomed things, doth work upon itself, with inborn stings.
Solitude is a torment which is not threatened in hell itself.
I am a little world made cunningly.
As he that fears God fears nothing else, so he that sees God sees everything else.
If I dream I have you, I have you, for all our joys are but fantastical.
Commemoration of John Donne, Priest, Poet, 1631 He was the Word that spake it; He took the bread and brake it; And what that Word did make it I do believe, and take it.
Nature's great masterpiece, an elephant; the only harmless great thing.
Only our love hath no decay; this, no tomorrow hath, nor yesterday, running it never runs from us away, but truly keeps his first, last, everlasting day.
God himself took a day to rest in, and a good man's grave is his Sabbath.
Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so. For, those, whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow. Die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
I shall not live 'till I see God; and when I have seen Him, I shall never die.
I observe the physician with the same diligence as the disease.