HomeQuotes160 John Donne Quotes That Will Touch Your Heart

160 John Donne Quotes That Will Touch Your Heart

And don’t forget to check out these and .

1. “No man is an island, entire of itself. Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”

2. “I wonder, by my troth, what thou, and I did, till we lov’d.” 

3. “I am two fools, I know, for loving, and for saying so.”

4. “No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.”

5. “But this, all pleasures fancies be. If ever any beauty I did see, which I desired, and got, ’twas but a dream of thee.”

6. “More than kisses, letters mingle souls. For, thus friends absent speak.”

7. “For God’s sake, hold your tongue, and let me love.”

8. “Come live with me, and be my love, and we will have some new pleasures prove of golden sands, and crystal brooks, with silken lines, and silver hooks.”

9. “Be thine own palace, or the world’s thy jail.”

10. “If I dream I have you, I have you. For all our joys are but fantastical.”

11. “Love, built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies.”

12. “Death be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful, for, thou art not so.”

13. “Any man’s death diminishes me, for I am involved with mankind.”

14. “All other things to their destruction draw. Only our love hath no decay.”

15. “He that desires to print a book, should much more desire, to be a book.”

16. “To be no part of any body, is to be nothing.”

17. “I am a little world made cunningly.”

18. “Thy firmness makes my circle just, and makes me end where I begun.”

19. “Never send to know for whom the bells tolls, it tolls for thee.”

20. “He is stark mad, whoever says that he hath been in love for an hour. Yet not that love so soon decays, but that it can ten in less space devour.”

21. “At one blood labors to beget. Spirits as like as it can, because such figures need to knit, that subtle knot which makes us man.”

22. “Licence my roving hands, and let them go before, behind, between, above, below.” 

23. “Let not thy divining heart forethink me any ill. Destiny may take thy part, and may thy fears fulfill.”

24. “Doubt wisely in a strange way. To stand inquiring right, is not to stray. To sleep, or run wrong, is.”

25. “Poor heretics there be, which think to establish dangerous constancy. But I have told them. Since you will be true, you shall be true to them, who are false to you.”

26. “Hee that hath all can have no more.”

27. “Stay, o sweet, and do not rise. The light that shines comes from thine eyes. The day breaks not, it is my heart, because that you and I must part.”

28. “Thy sins and hairs may no man equal call, for as thy sins increase, thy hairs do fall.”

29. “That soul that can reflect upon itself, consider itself, is more than so.”

30. “Affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it.”

31. “O! I shall soon despair, when I shall see. That thou lovest mankind well, yet wilt not choose me, and Satan hates me, yet is loth to lose me.”

32. “Pleasure is none, if not diversified.”

33. “I fix mine eye on thine, and there pity my picture burning in thine eye.”

34. “It sucked me first, and now sucks thee, and in this flea our two bloods mingled be.”

35. “I joy that in these straits I see my west.”

36. “As states subsist in part by keeping their weaknesses from being known, so is it the quiet of families to have their chancery and their parliament within doors, and to compose and determine all emergent differences there.”

37. “All measures, and all language, I should pass. Should I tell what a miracle she was?”

38. “Despair is the damp of hell, as joy is the serenity of heaven.”

39. “Sleep with clean hands, either kept clean all day by integrity or washed clean at night by repentance.”

40. “Changed loves are but changed sorts of meat, and when he hath the kernel eat. Who doth not fling away the shell?”

41. “Wicked is not much worse than indiscreet.”

42. “Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.”

43. “Men perish with whispering sins-nay, with silent sins, sins that never tell the conscience that they are sins.”

44. “For love, all love, of other sights controls and makes one little room everywhere.”

45. “We give each other a smile with a future in it.”

46. “Reason is our soul’s left hand, faith her right. By these we reach divinity.” 

47. “I did best when I had the least truth for my subjects.”

48. “On a huge hill, cragged and steep. Truth stands, and thee that will. Reach her, about must, and about must go. And what the hills suddenness resists, winnie so. Yet strive so that before age, deaths twilight. Thy soul rest, for none can work in that night.”

49. “In heaven, it is always Autumn.”

50. “I am the dust and the ashes of the temple of the holy ghost, and what marble is so precious? But I am more than dust and ashes. I am my best part, I am my soul.”

51. “But, o alas! So long, so far, our bodies, why do we forbear?”

52. “Methinks I lied all winter, when I swore my love was infinite, if spring makes it more.”

53. “That thou remember them, some claim as debt. I think it mercy, if thou wilt forget.”

54. “We’ll build in sonnets pretty rooms.”

55. “O how feeble is man’s power, that if good fortune fall. Cannot add another hour, nor a lost hour recall!”

56. “Howling is the noise of hell, singing the voice of heaven.”

57. “Our two souls therefore, which are one, though I must go, endure not yet. A breach, but an expansion, like gold to aery thinness beat.”

58.  “Full nakedness! All joys are due to thee. As souls unbodied, bodies unclothed must be to taste whole joys.”

59. “Twice or thrice had I lov’d thee, before I knew thy face or name.”

60. “I do not love a man, except I hate his vices, because those vices are the enemies, and the destruction of that friend whom I love.”

61. “Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime, nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.”

62. “True and false fears let us refrain. Let us love nobly, and live, and add again.”

63. “Call us what you will, we are made such by love.”

64. “Filled with her love, may I be rather grown mad with much heart, then idiot with none.”

65. “This is joy’s bonfire, then, where love’s strong arts. Make of so noble individual parts. One fire of four inflaming eyes, and of two loving hearts.”

66. “Then love is sin, and let me sinful be.”

67. “Love’s mysteries in souls do grow, but yet the body is his book.”

68. “This no tomorrow hath, nor yesterday. Running it never runs from us away, but truly keeps his first, last, everlasting day.”

69. “I would not that death should take me asleep. I would not have him merely seise me, and only declare me to be dead, but win me, and overcome me.”

70. “If we consider eternity, into that time never entered. Eternity is not an everlasting flux of time, but time is as a short parenthesis in a long period and eternity had been the same as it is, though time had never been.”

71. “If that be simply perfectest. Which can by no way be expressed but negatives, my love is so. To all, which all love, I say no negative love.”

72. “And who understands? Not me, because if I did I would forgive it all.” 

73. “Young beauties force our love, and that’s a rape, this doth but counsel, yet you cannot scape.”

74. “Love is a growing, or full, constant light, and his first minute, after noon, is night.”

75. “For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow, die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me.”

76. “Death is an ascension to a better library.”

77. “Death, thou shalt die.”

78. “And better than thy stroke, why swell’st thou then? One short sleep past, we wake eternally and death shall be no more.”

79. “That our affections kill us not, nor die.”

80. “My world’s both parts, and ‘o! Both parts must die.”

81. “Lust-bred diseases rot thee.”

82. “Grief brought to numbers cannot be so fierce. For, he tames it, that fetters it in verse.”

83. “All mankind is of one author, and is one volume. When one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language.”

84. “Since you would save none of me, I bury some of you.”

85. “Whatever dies was not mixed equally, if our two loves be one or thou and I love so alike that none can slacken, none can die.”

86. “But yet thou canst not die, I know. To leave this world behind, is death.”

87. “Old grandsires talk of yesterday with sorrow, and for our children we reserve tomorrow.”

88. “We can die by it, if not live by love, and if unfit for tombs and hearse our legend be, it will be fit for verse.”

89. “Away thou fondling motley humorist. Leave me, and in this standing wooden chest, consorted with these few books. Let me lye, in prison, and here be coffin’d, when I die.”

90. “As sickness is the greatest misery, so the greatest misery of sickness is solitude. When the infectiousness of the disease deters them who should assist from coming, even the physician dares scarce come. It is an outlawry, and excommunication upon the patient.”

91. “Humiliation is the beginning of sanctification.”

92. “To know and feel all this and not have the words to express it makes a human a grave of his own thoughts.”

93. “My face in thine eye, thine in mine appears and true plain hearts do in the faces rest.”

94. “Go and catch a falling star, get with child a mandrake root. Tell me where all past years are, or who cleft the . Teach me to hear mermaids singing, or to keep off envy’s stinging. And find what wind serves to advance an honest mind.”

95. “Image of her whom I love, more than she, whose fair impression in my faithful heart. Makes me her medal, and makes her love me, as Kings do coins, to which their stamps impart the value. Go, and take my heart from hence.”

96. “The riddle hath more wit by us. We two being one, are it. So, to one neutral thing both sexes fit. We die and rise the same, and prove mysterious by this love.”

97. “This flea is you and I, and this our marriage bed, and marriage temple is though parents grudge, and you, we are met, and cloistered in these living walls of jet.”

98. “The spider love, which transubstantiates all and can convert manna to gall. And that this place may thoroughly be thought true paradise, I have the serpent brought.”

99. “Dull sublunary lovers’ love ‘whose soul is sense’ cannot admit. Absence, because it doth remove those things which elemented it.”

100. “Now thou has loved me one whole day, tomorrow when you leav’st, what wilt thou say? Will thou then antedate some new-made vow? Or say that now, we are not just those persons which we were?”

101. “Yet send me back my heart and eyes, that I may know, and see thy lies, and may laugh and joy, when thou. Art in anguish and dost languish for someone that will none, or prove as false as thou art now.”

102. “I can love her, and her, and you, and you. I can love any, so she be not true.”

103. “Who are a little wise the best fools be.”

104. “For thee, thou need’st no such deceit. For thou thyself art thine own bait. That fish, that is not catch’d thereby, alas, is wiser far than I.”

105. “Then shall my ghost come to thy bed and thee, feign’d vestal, in worse arms shall see. Then thy sick taper will begin to wink, and he, whose thou art then, being tir’d before. Will, if thou stir, or pinch to wake him, think thou call’st for more.”

106. “But we will have a way more liberal, than changing hearts, to join them. So we shall be one, and one another’s all.”

107. “We then, who are this new soul, know of what we are compos’d and made.”

108. “Other men’s crosses are not my crosses.”

109. “Though she were true, when you met her, and last, till you write your letter. Yet she will be false, ere I come, to two, or three.”

110. “As virtuous men pass mildly away and whisper to their souls, to go. While some of their friends do say, the breath goes now, and some say, no. So let us melt, and make no noise.”

111. “And to ‘scape stormy days, I choose an everlasting night.”

112. “She and comparisons are odious.”

113. “How blest am I in this discovering thee! To enter in these bonds is to be free. Then where my hand is set, my seal shall be.”

114. “Poor cozened cozener, that she, and that thou, which did begin to love, are neither now. You are both fluid, changed since yesterday. Next day repairs, but ill’ last day’s decay.”

115. “Nature hath no goal, though she hath law.”

116. “Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant; the only harmless great thing.”

117. “Send me nor this, nor that, to increase my store. But swear thou think’st I love thee, and no more.”

118. “What poor elements are our happiness made of, if thyme which we can scarce consider to be anything, be an essential part of our happiness?”

119. “You are earth, he whom you tread upon is no less, and he that treads upon you is no more.”

120. “God employs several translators, some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice.”

121. “He must pull out his own eyes, and see no creature, before he can say, he sees no God. He must be no man, and quench his reasonable soul, before he can say to himself, ‘There is no God.’”

122. “But let them sleep, Lord, and me mourn a space.”

123. “As he that fears God fears nothing else, so he that sees God sees everything else.”

124. “The sun must not set upon anger, much less will I let the sun set upon the anger of God towards me.”

125. “I throw myself down in my chamber, and I call in, and invite God, and his angels thither, and when they are there, I neglect God and his angels, for the noise of a fly, for the rattling of a coach, for the whining of a door.”

126. “And Jacob came clothed in vile harsh attire, but to supplant, and with gainful intent, God clothed Himself in vile man’s flesh, that so He might be weak enough to suffer woe.”

127. “I shall not live ’till I see God, and when I have seen Him, I shall never die.”

128. “Since she whom I lov’d hath paid her last debt. To nature, and to hers, and my good is dead. And her soul early into heaven ravished. Wholly in heavenly things my mind is set. Here, admiring her, my mind did what to seek thee, God.”

129. “Men light and put out, so thou deal’st with me. Thou cam’st to kindle, goes to come. Then I will dream that hope again, but else would die.”

130. “Batter my heart, three-person’d God, for you as yet but knocke, breathe, shine, and seek to mend. That I may rise, and stand, o’erthrow mee, and bend your force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new.”

131. “First, I give my gracious God an entire sacrifice of body and soul, with my most humble thanks for that assurance which His blessed spirit imprints in me now of the salvation of the one, and the resurrection of the other.”

132.“O miserable condition of man, which is not imprinted by God, who, as he is immortal himself, had put a coal, a beam of immortality into us, which we might have blown into a flame, but blew it by our first sin. We beggared ourselves by hearkening after falses riches, and infatuated ourselves by hearkening after false knowledge.”

133. “I count all that part of my life lost which I spent not in communion with God, or in doing good.”

134. “O Lord, never suffer us to think that we can stand by ourselves, and not need thee.”

135. “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.”

136. “There is nothing that God hath established in a constant course of nature, and which therefore is done every day, but would seem a miracle, and exercise our admiration, if it were done but once.”

137. “Art is the most passionate orgy within man’s grasp.”

138. “And now good-morrow to our waking souls, which watch not one another out of fear. For love, all love of other sights controls and makes one little room everywhere.”

139. “Sat we two, one another’s best. Our hands were firmly cemented with a fast balm, which then did spring. Our eye-beams twisted, and did thread. Our eyes upon one double string.”

140. “How much shall I be changed, before I am changed!”

141. “And new philosophy calls all in doubt, the element of fire is quite put out. The sun is lost, and the earth, and no man’s wit can well direct him where to look for it.”

142. “But come bad chance, and we joined our strength, and we teach it art and length.”

143. “God made sun and moon to distinguish the seasons, and day and night, and we cannot have the fruits of the earth but in their seasons. In Paradise, the fruits were ripe the first minute, and in heaven, it is always autumn.”

144. “God affords no man the comfort, the false comfort of Atheism: He will not allow a pretending Atheist the power to flatter himself, so far as to seriously think there is no God.”

145. “True joy is the earnestness 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.”

146. “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.”

147. “Thou, sun, art half as happy as we.”

148. “If they be two, they are two so as stiff twin compasses are two. Thy soul, the fixed foot, makes no show to move, but doth, if the other do.”

149. “Stand still, and I will read to thee. A lecture, love, in love’s philosophy.”

150. “I long to talk with some old lover’s ghost. Who died before the god of love was born.”

151. “Hither with crystal phials, lovers, come and take my tears, which are love’s wine.”

152. “She’s all states, and all princes, I, nothing else is. Princes do but play us, compared to this. All honor’s mimic, all wealth alchemy.”

153. “So in a voice, so in a shapeless flame, angels affect us often.”

154. “And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell. And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well.”

155. “Years and years unto years, till we attain. To write three scores, this is the second of our reign.”

156. “I observe the physician with the same diligence as the disease.”

157. “But I do nothing upon myself, and yet I am my own executioner.”

158. “Busy old fool, unruly sun. Why dost thou thus? Through windows, and through curtains, call on us?”

159. “O, my America! My new found land. My kingdom, safeliest when with one man manned.”

RELATED ARTICLES

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Recent Comments