John Milton

Literary Birthday – 9 December – John Milton

John Milton was born 9 December 1608, and died 8 November 1674.

Nine Quotes

  1. The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
  2. Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.
  3. Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.
  4. 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.
  5. Solitude sometimes is best society.
  6. Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind.
  7. A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit.
  8. The superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity and many deeds of the past, in order to strengthen his character thereby.
  9. What is dark within me, illumine.

John Milton was an English poet who is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost.

Source for Image

National Portrait Gallery, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 9th December 2013