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Quotes of the Day for 9 December 2002 – John Milton

John Milton was born at Cheapside, London, England on this day in 1608. Originally expecting to enter the clergy, he was well educated at Saint Paul's School and Christ's College, Cambridge. Along the way, he became disenchanted with the Anglican church and turned his attention to poetry and politics. His politics favored Parliament over the Crown, and the Protestant Reformation over Roman Catholicism; he held office during the government of the Commonwealth. Had he not been blind by the time of the Restoration, and his poetry favored by many Royalists, he might have spent the rest of his life in prison. He came to be considered the second best poet in English. That seems a bit harsh until you consider his handicap and the fact that the competition was Shakespeare.

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The quotes:

Accuse not Nature, she hath done her part;
Do thou but thine.
     - Paradise Lost

For solitude is sometimes best society,
And short retirement urges sweet return.

He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires and fears is more than a king.

None can love freedom heartily but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license.
     - The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates

Who overcomes by force hath overcome but half his foe.

The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven.
     - All from John Milton, 1608 - 1674

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