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  Here are some famous and familiar quotations from John Dryden poetry:-

    When I consider life, 't is all a cheat.
Yet, fooled by hope, men favour the deceit;
Trust on, and think to-morrow will repay:
To-morrow's falser than the former day.


      Never ending, still beginning,
Fighting still, and still destroying.
If all the world be worth the winning.
Think, O think it worth enjoying:


      None but the brave deserves the fair.


      A fiery soul, which, working out its way,
Fretted the pygmy-body to decay.
And o'er informed the tenement of clay....

....Great wits are to madness near allied.
And thin partitions do their bounds divide.

      Beware the fury of a patient man.


      Men are but children of a larger growth.


    Ill habits gather by unseen degrees,
As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.


      Look round the habitable world, how few
Know their own good, or, knowing it, pursue!


    Better to hunt in fields for health unbought
Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught.
The wise for cure on exercise depend;
God never made his work for man to mend.


    War, he sung, is toil and trouble;
Honour but an empty bubble.


    We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.


    For truth has such a face and such a mien,
As to be loved needs only to be seen.


     By education most have been misled;
So they believe, because they so were bred.
The priest continues what the nurse began,
And thus the child imposes on the man.


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