John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

#27125 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

Here lies our sovereign lord the king, Whose word no man relies on; He never says a foolish thing, Nor ever does a wise one. .

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#27126 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories. .

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#27127 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

As published in The Works of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland (1800) by , p. 9 .

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#27128 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

Love, the most generous passion of the mind The softest refuge innocence can find .

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester Quotes about passion
#27129 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

When my young master's worship comes to town, From pedagogue and mother just fit free, The heir and hopes of a great famiiy; Who with strong beer and beef the country rules, And ever since the Conquest have been fools; And now, with careful prospect to maintain This character, lest crossing of the strain Should mend the booby breed, his friends provide A cousin of his own to be his bride… .

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester Quotes about hope
#27130 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

Were I, who to my Cost already am One of those strange, prodigious Creatures Man, A Spirit free, to choose for my own Share, What sort of Flesh and Blood I pleas’d to wear, I’d be a Dog, a Monkey, or a Bear, Or any thing, but that vain Animal, Who is so proud of being Rational. .

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester Quotes about strange
#27131 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

Reason, an Ignis fatuus of the Mind, Which leaves the light of Nature, Sense, behind. .

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester Quotes about light
#27132 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

Whilst the misguided Follower climbs with Pain, Mountains of Whimsies, heapt in his own Brain, Stumbling from Thought to Thought, falls headlong down Into Doubt’s boundless Sea, where like to drown, Books bear him up a-while, and make him try To swim with Bladders of Philosophy. .

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#27133 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

Then Old Age, and Experience, hand in hand, Lead him to death, and make him understand, After a Search so painful, and so long, That all his Life he has been in the wrong. .

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#27134 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

For Wits are treated just like Common Whores; First they're enjoy'd, and then kickt out of Doors. .

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#27135 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

For all Men would be Cowards if they durst: And Honesty’s against all common Sense. .

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester Quotes about war
#27136 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

Most Men are Cowards, all Men should be Knaves. The Difference lies, as far as I can see, Not in the thing it self, but the Degree. .

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#27137 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

But a meek humble Man of modest Sense, Who, Preaching Peace, does practice Continence; Whose pious life’s a proof he does believe, Mysterious Truths, which no Man can conceive. If upon Earth there dwell such God-like Men, I'll here Recant my Paradox to them; Adore those Shrines of Virtue, homage pay, And, with the rabble world, their Laws obey. If such there are, yet grant me This at least, Man differs more from Man, than Man from Beast. .

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester Quotes about life
#27138 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

If you have a grateful heart (which is a miracle amongst you statesmen), show it by directing the bearer to the best wine in town, and pray let not this highest point of sacred friendship be performed slightly, but go about it with all due deliberation and care, as holy priests to sacrifice, or as discreet thieves to the wary performance of burglary and shop-lifting. Let your well-discerning palate (the best judge about you) travel from cellar to cellar and then from piece to piece till it has lighted on wine fit for its noble choice and my approbation. .

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester Quotes about friendship
#27139 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

The world appears like a great family, Whose lord, oppressed with pride and poverty, (That to the few great bounty he may show) Is fain to starve the numerous train below. .

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#27140 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

Dead we become the lumber of the world. .

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester Quotes about world
#27141 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

It is a good world to live in, To lend, or to spend, or to give in; But to beg or to borrow, or to get a man's own, It is the very worst world that ever was known. .

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#27142 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

There's not a thing on earth that I can name, So foolish, and so false, as common fame. .

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#27143 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

A merry monarch, scandalous and poor. .

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#27144 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

For pointed satire I would Buckhurst choose, The best good man with the worst-natured muse. .

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester Quotes about nature
#27145 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

Angels listen when she speaks: She ’s my delight, all mankind’s wonder; But my jealous heart would break Should we live one day asunder. .

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#27146 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

Then talk not of Inconstancy, False Hearts, and broken Vows; If I, by Miracle, can be This live-long Minute true to thee, ‘Tis all that Heav’n allows. .

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester Quotes about art
#27147 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

So, when my Days of Impotence approach, And I’m by Pox and Wine’s unlucky chance Driv'n from the pleasing Billows of debauch On the dull Shore of lazy Temperance; My Pains at least some Respite shall afford While I behold the Battles you maintain When Fleets of Glasses sail about the Board, From whose Broad-sides Volleys of Wit shall rain. .

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester Quotes about sin
#27148 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

Thus, Statesman-like, I’ll saucily impose, And, safe from Danger, valiantly advise; Sheltered in Impotence, urge you to Blows, And, being good for nothing else, be Wise. .

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester Quotes about man
#27149 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

See the kind seed-receiving earth To every grain affords a birth: On her no showers unwelcome fall, Her willing womb retains ‘em all, And shall my Caelia be confined? No, live up to thy mighty mind, And be the mistress of Mankind! .

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#27150 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

Lest, once more wandering from that heaven, I fall on some base heart unblest, Faithless to thee, false, unforgiven, And lose my everlasting rest. .

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#27151 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

On thy wither’d lips and dry, Which like barren furrows lie, Brooding kisses I will pour, Shall thy youthful heart restore. (Such kind showers in autumn fall, And a second spring recall); Nor from thee will ever part, Ancient Person of my Heart. .

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#27152 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

Farewell, woman! I intend Henceforth every night to sit With my lewd, well-natured friend, Drinking to engender wit. .

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester Quotes about nature
#27153 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

Naked she lay, clasped in my longing arms, I filled with love, and she all over charms; Both equally inspired with eager fire, Melting through kindness, flaming in desire. With arms, legs, lips close clinging to embrace. .

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester Quotes about love
#27154 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

Thou treacherous, base deserter of my flame, False to my passion, fatal to my fame, Through what mistaken magic dost thou prove So true to lewdness, so untrue to love? .

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