John Milton was born 9 December 1608, and died 8 November 1674.
- The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
- Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.
- Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.
- 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; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.
- Solitude sometimes is best society.
- Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind.
- A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit.
- The superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity and many deeds of the past, in order to strengthen his character thereby.
- What is dark within me, illumine.
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