The 90+ Ultimate John Milton Quotes From The Author Of 'Paradise Lost'

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John Milton is deemed as one of the most important literary figures in the world of literature because of his celebrated work 'Paradise Lost' which he had written during a period of political upheaval and religious instability.

He specialized in the art of writing epic poetry and poetry in blank verse as well as works of drama. He is considered to be one of the greatest English authors of all time because of his considerable contribution to the field of literature.

Here is a list of some of the best quotes by John Milton from his life, works, and even character adaptations of him in popular media.

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John Milton 'Paradise Lost' Quotes

John Milton quotes are some of the best in the literary world.

John Milton's 'Paradise Lost' is considered to be his most famous work focusing on the main biblical theme of the fall of Satan and the fall of man from grace. Here is a list of famous quotes by John Milton from his celebrated work 'Paradise Lost' including his famous and vividly described quotations on hell.

1. "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'.

2. "Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to light."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

3. "Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

4. "So dear I love him that with him, all deaths I could endure, without him, live on life."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

5. "No less renowned than war. That which before us lies in daily life, Is the prime Wisdom; what is more, is fume, Or emptiness, or fond impertinence."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

6. "To know that which before us lies in daily life, is the prime Wisdom; what is more, is fume, or emptiness, or fond impertinence."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

7. "For men to tell how human life began Is hard; for who himself beginning knew?"

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

8. "The mind in its own place and in itself can make a heaven of hell and a hell of heaven."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

9. "That bring to my remembrance from what state I fell, how glorious once above thy sphere."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

10. "O sun, to tell thee how I hate thy beams, That bring to my remembrance from what state I fell, how glorious once above thy sphere."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

11. "Govern well thy appetite, lest Sin surprise thee, and her black attendant Death."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

12. "Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay to mould me man? Did I solicit thee from darkness to promote me?"

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

13. "But wherefore thou alone? Wherefore with thee came not all hell broke loose?"

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

14. "And God made two great lights, great for their use to man, the greater to have rule by day, the less by night altern; and made the stars, and set them in the firmament of heaven to illuminate the earth, and rule the day in the vicissitude, and rule the night, And light from darkness to divide."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

15. "Because we freely love, as in our will. To love or not; in this we stand or fall."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

16. "Who overcomes by force, hath overcome but half his foe."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

17. "What hath night to do with sleep?"

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

18. "Accuse not nature: she hath done her part; Do thou but thine."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

19. "Freely they stood who stood, and fell who fell."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

20. "Confusion heard his voice, and wild uproar Stood ruled, stood vast infinitude confined."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

21. "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'.

22. "For so I created them free and free they must remain."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

23. "Go; for thy stay, not free, absents thee more."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

24. "Which way I fly is Hell; myself am Hell; And, in the lowest deep, a lower deep Still threatening to devour me opens wide."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

25. "For never can true reconcilement grow where wounds of deadly hate have pierced so deep."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

26. "A grateful mind by owing owes not, but still pays, at once indebted and discharged; what burden then?"

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

27. "Which way shall I fly; Infinite wrath and infinite despair? Which way I fly is hell; myself am hell..."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

28. "Awake, arise or be for ever fall’n.'

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

29. "Bone of my bone thou art, and from thy state, mine never shall be parted, bliss or woe."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

30. "I sung 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'.

31. "Solitude sometimes is best society."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

32. "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'.

33. "What is dark within me, illumine."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

34. "This horror will grow mild, this darkness light."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

35. "Should God create another Eve, and I another rib afford, yet loss of thee would never from my heart."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

36. "So forcible within my heart I feel the bond of nature draw me to my own, my own in thee, for what thou art is mine."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

37. "Knowledge forbidden? Suspicious, reasonless. Why should their Lord envy them that? Can it be a sin to know? Can it be death?"

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

38. "Ah, why should all mankind for one man's fault, be condemned, if guiltless?"

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

39. "How can I live without thee, how forego thy sweet converse, and love so dearly joined, to live again in these wild woods forlorn?"

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

40. "Some natural tears they dropped, but wiped them soon; the world was all before them, where to choose their place of rest, and Providence their guide."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

41. "And that must end us, that must be our cure: To be no more."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

42. "From his lips, not words alone pleased her."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

43. "Our torments also may in length of time become our Elements."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

44. "Be strong, live happy and love, but first of all Him whom to love is to obey, and keep His great command!"

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

45. "Farewell happy fields, where joy forever dwells: Hail, horrors, hail."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Lost'.

Best John Milton Famous Quotes

John Milton has given the world a vast number of biblical quotes.

Looking for some famous quotes by John Milton? John Milton has written countless other literary works such as poems and dramas among which 'Paradise Lost' was the best acclaimed. He was greatly known for his poetry written in blank verse. Here is a list of some of the best quotes from John Milton poems and other John Milton books. some of the choicest quotes including John Milton flowers quotes, John Milton love quotes.

46.  "Well, Mr. Dryden, it seems you have a mind to tag my points, and you have my leave to tag them. But some of them are so awkward and old-fashioned that I think you had as good leave them as you found them."

-John Milton.

51. "Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but thee who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were, in the eye."

-John Milton, 'Areopagitica'.

52. "And join with thee calm Peace and Quiet, Spare Fast, that oft with gods doth diet."

-John Milton, 'Il Penseroso'.

53. "Mirth, admit me of thy crew, To live with her, and live with thee, In unreprovèd pleasures free."

-John Milton, 'L'Allegro'.

54. "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."

-John Milton, 'Areopagitica'.

55. "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'.

56. "Yet he who reigns within himself, and rules passions, desires, and fears, is more a king."

-John Milton, 'Paradise Regained'.

57. "Dear son of memory, great heir of fame, what need'st thou such weak witness of thy name?"

-John Milton.

58. "How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth, stol'n on his wing my three-and-twentieth year!"

-John Milton.

59. "None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but licence."

-John Milton.

60. "What is strength without a double share of wisdom? Strength's not made to rule, but to subserve, where wisdom bears command."

-John Milton, 'Samson Agonistes'.

61. "A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to life beyond life."

-John Milton, 'Areopagitica'.

62. "And so sepúlchred in such pomp dost lie, that kings for such a tomb would wish to die."

-John Milton.

63. "O Nightingale that on yon bloomy Spray, Warbl'st at eve, when all the Woods are still, Thou with fresh hope the Lover's heart dost fill..."

-John Milton, 'O Nightingale That On Yon Bloomy Spray'.

64. "For Books are not absolutely dead things, but doe contain a potencie of life in them to be as active as that soule was whole progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a violl the purest efficacie and extraction of that living intellect that bred them."

-John Milton, 'Areopagitica'.

65. "Where the bright seraphim in burning row, their loud uplifted angel trumpets blow."

-John Milton.

66. "Luck is the residue of design."

-John Milton.

67. "Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie."

-John Milton.

68. "Thou canst not touch the freedom of my minde, With all thy charms, although this corporal rinde, Thou hast immanacl'd, while heav'n sees good."

-John Milton, 'Comus'.

69. "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.

70. "So dear I love him, that with him all deaths I could endure, without him live no life."

-John Milton.

71. "Innocence, once lost, can never be regained. Darkness, once gazed upon, can never be lost."

-John Milton.

72. "Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties."

-John Milton, 'Areopagitica'.

73. "They who have put out the people's eyes reproach them of their blindness."

-John Milton.

74. "Farewell Hope, and with Hope farewell Fear."

-John Milton, 'Areopagitica'.

75. "Is it true, O Christ in heaven, that the highest suffer the most? That the strongest wander furthest and most hopelessly are lost?"

-John Milton.

John Milton 'The Devil's Advocate' Quotes

Here is a list of some of the most famous quotes by the character named John Milton from the movie 'The Devil's Advocate' starring Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves.

76. "Look, but don't touch. Touch, but don't taste. Taste, don't swallow."

-'The Devil's Advocate'.

77. "You were right about one thing. I have been watching. Couldn't help myself. Watching, waiting, holding my breath. But I'm no puppeteer, Kevin. I don't make things happen. Doesn't work like that."

-'The Devil's Advocate'.

78. "Law is the ultimate backstage pass. There are now more students in law schools than lawyers walking the streets."

-'The Devil's Advocate'.

79. "Lawyers are the devil's ministry."

-'The Devil's Advocate'.

80. "Free will. It's like butterfly wings: once touched, they never get off the ground. No, I only set the stage. You pull your own strings."

-'The Devil's Advocate'.

81. "You sharpen the human appetite to the point where it can split atoms with its desire; you build egos the size of cathedrals; fiber-optically connect the world to every eager impulse; grease even the dullest dreams with these dollar-green, gold-plated fantasies, until every human becomes an aspiring emperor, becomes his own God..."

-'The Devil's Advocate'.

82. "I'm a little more than that, awfully hot in that courtroom wasn't it? What's the game plan? It was a nice run it had to close out some day, nobody wins them all."

-'The Devil's Advocate'.

83. "Kevin Lomax: Satan.

John Milton: Call me Dad."

-'The Devil's Advocate'.

84. "That's our secret. Kill you with kindness."

-'The Devil's Advocate'.

85. "We can get this case, the man's our client we know him better than he knows himself we've got the inside track we've got the best damn trial lawyer in the city, its ours to lose."

-'The Devil's Advocate'.

86. "No matter how good you are, don't ever let them see you coming. That's the gaffe, my friend. You gotta keep yourself small."

-'The Devil's Advocate'.

87. "Vanity, definitely my favorite sin."

-'The Devil's Advocate'.

88. "As we're scrambling from one deal to the next, who's got his eye on the planet? As the air thickens, the water sours, even bees' honey takes on the metallic taste of radioactivity... and it just keeps coming, faster and faster."

-'The Devil's Advocate'.

89. "Kevin Lomax: Are we negotiating?

John Milton: Always."

-'The Devil's Advocate'.

90.  "There's no chance to think, to prepare; it's buy futures, sell futures... when there is no future. We got a runaway train, boy. We got a billion Eddie Barzoons all jogging into the future."

-'The Devil's Advocate'.

91. "I cared about what he wanted and I never judged him. Why? Because I never rejected him. In spite of all his imperfections, I'm a fan of man! I'm a humanist. Maybe the last humanist."

-'The Devil's Advocate'.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for John Milton quotes then why not take a look at Keats quotes, or Lord Byron quotes.

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