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John Donne

1572 – 1631 CE

Leading and inventive metaphysical poet, cleric, politician, womanizer, and one of the greatest love poets; John Donne brought a distinctive style filled with paradoxes and ironies to poems ranging in topic from deeply religious to vibrantly erotic. Fired and imprisoned because of a secret marriage, he lived in poverty for many years while devoting his attention to the idea of “true religion” beyond the superficiality of undigested concepts and superstitious belief. A strong influence on W. B. Yeats, Hemingway, T. S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, Coleridge, W. H. Auden, Van Morrison, Robert Oppenheimer; his impact continues today with examples like the movie The Incredibles, that took its Nomanisan Island from his famous saying, "No man is an island.”

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Sermons, 1626

Quotes by John Donne (12 quotes)

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

from Songs and Sonnets

Chapters: 12. This Over That

Themes: Beauty Love

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“But come bad chance, And we join to'it our strength, And we teach it art and length.”

from Songs and Sonnets

Chapters: 18. The Sick Society

Themes: Art

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“O how feeble is man's power, That if good fortune fall, Cannot add another hour, Nor a lost hour recall!”

from Songs and Sonnets

Chapters: 21. Following Empty Heart

Themes: Power

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“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; and every chapter must be so translated.”

from Songs and Sonnets

Chapters: 24. Unnecessary Baggage

Themes: Death and Dying

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

Chapters: 38. Fruit Over Flowers

Themes: Integrity

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“Death, be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so… And Death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.”

Chapters: 39. Oneness

Themes: Immortality

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

from Songs and Sonnets

Chapters: 48. Unlearning

Themes: Books

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

from Songs and Sonnets

Chapters: 54. Planting Well

Themes: Mistakes

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

from Songs and Sonnets

Chapters: 67. Three Treasures

Themes: Oneness

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“… any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”

Chapters: 46. Enough

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

Themes: Medicine Health

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“I neglect God and his angels for the noise of a fly, for the rattling of a coach, for the whining of a door.”

from Sermons, 1626

Themes: Meditation

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