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Atheism
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-John Donne
Death
Engrave this Quote Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so. For, those, whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow. Die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
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Engrave this Quote I would not that death should take me asleep. I would not have him merely seize me, and only declare me to be dead, but win me, and overcome me. When I must shipwreck, I would do it in a sea, where mine impotency might have some excuse; not in a sullen weedy lake, where I could not have so much as exercise for my swimming.
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Engrave this Quote As virtuous men pass mildly away, and whisper to their souls to go, whilst some of their sad friends do say, the breath goes now, and some say no.
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Engrave this Quote When one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language.
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Doctors
Engrave this Quote I observe the physician with the same diligence as the disease.
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Doubt
Engrave this Quote Despair is the damp of hell, as joy is the serenity of heaven.
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Evil
Engrave this Quote Wicked is not much worse than indiscreet.
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Exercise
Engrave this Quote When I must shipwrack, I would do it in a sea, where mine impotencie might have some excuse; not in a sullen weedy lake, where I could not have so much as exercise for my swimming.
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-John Donne, Letter, September, 1608
Faith
Engrave this Quote As he that fears God hears nothing else, so, he that sees God sees every thing else.
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-John Donne
Engrave this Quote Reason is our soul's left hand, faith her right, by these we reach divinity.
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Fight, Fighting
Engrave this Quote Contemplative and bookish men must of necessity be more quarrelsome than others, because they contend not about matter of fact, nor can determine their controversies by any certain witnesses, nor judges. But as long as they go towards peace, that is Truth, it is no matter which way.
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Greatness & Great Things
Engrave this Quote Nature's great masterpiece, an elephant;
the only harmless great thing.
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Engrave this Quote At most, the greatest persons are but great wens, and excrescences; men of wit and delightful conversation, but as morals for ornament, except they be so incorporated into the body of the world that they contribute something to the sustentation of the whole.
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Humanity
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Engrave this Quote 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...As therefore the bell that rings to a sermon, calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come: so this bell calls us all: but how much more me, who am brought so near the door by this sickness....No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were. Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
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-John Donne, Meditation XVII from Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions
Independence
Engrave this Quote Be your own palace, or the world is your jail.
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Infatuation
Engrave this Quote Take me to you, imprison me, for I, except you enthrall me, never shall be free, nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.
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Last Words
Engrave this Quote When I died last, and, Dear, I die as often as from thee I go though it be but an hour ago and lovers hours be full eternity.
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Letters (writing)
Engrave this Quote SIR, more than kisses, letters mingle souls,
For thus, friends absent speak.
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-John Donne, To Sir Henry Wotton, 1598
Love
Engrave this Quote Come live with me, and be my love,And we will some new pleasures proveOf golden sands, and crystal brooks,With silken lines, and silver hooks.
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-John Donne, "The Bait"
Engrave this Quote Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime, nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.
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-John Donne
Engrave this Quote Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies.
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Engrave this Quote 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.
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Engrave this Quote Busy old fool, unruly Sun, why dost thou thus through windows and through curtains call on us? Must to thy motions lovers seasons run?
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-John Donne

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