Famous John Donne Quotes

Listed in: Inspirational Quotes

On Love:

All love is wonder; if we justly do
Account her wonderful, why not lovely too?
(From: Elegy II: The Anagram)

If that be simply perfectest
Which can by no way be exprest
But Negatives, my love is so.
(From: Negative Love)

Love is strong as death but nothing else is as strong as either and both, love and death, met in Christ. How strong and powerful upon you, then, should that instruction be, that comes to you from both these, the love and death of Jesus Christ.

Love is agrowing, to full constant light and his first minute, after noon, is night.

On Life:

Such life is like the light which bideth yet
When the lights life is set,
Or like the heat, which fire in solid matter
Leave behinde, two houres after.
(From: John Donne – The Paradox)

We are all conceived in close prison in our mothers wombs, we are close prisoners all when we are born, we are born but to the liberty of the house prisoners still, though within larger walls and then all our life is but a going out to the place of execution, to death.

On God:

God is so omnipresent…. God is an angel in an angel, and a stone in a stone, and a straw in a straw.