John Milton, 1608 - 1674

Greatest English Epic Poet


Paradise Lost (1667) bk. 1, 1.261
Better to reign in hell, than serve in heaven.

Paradise Regained (1671) bk. 4, 1.220
The childhood shows the man,
As morning shows the day.

Samson Agonistes (1671) 1.293
Just are the ways of God,
And justifiable to men;
Unless there be who think not God at all.

Samson Agonistes (1671) 1.1008
Love - quarrels oft in pleasing concord end.

Areopagitica (1644) p.4
A good book is the prelious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.

Areopagitica (1644) p.4
Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.

Areopagitica (1644) p.4
As good almost kill a good book: who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroyes a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye.

Areopagitica (1644) p.3
Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.