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PARADISE LOST

by: John Milton


The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heav'n of hell, a hell of heav'n.

--Book 1, lines 254-5

Better to reign in hell, than serve in heav'n.

--Book 1, line 263

Who overcomes
By force, hath overcome but half his foe.

--Book 1, lines 648-9

Let none admire
That riches grow in Hell; that soil may best
Deserve they precious bane.

--Book 1, lines 690-2

Where there is then no good
For which to strive, no strife can grow up there
From faction; for none, sure, will claim in Hell
Precedence; none, whose portion is so small
Of present pain, that with ambitious mind
Will covet more.

--Book 2, lines 30-5

Our greatness will appear
Then most conspicuous, when great things of small,
Useful of hurtful, prosperous of adverse,
We can create.

--Book 2, lines 257-60

As when, to warn proud cities, war appears
Waged in the troubled sky, and armies rush
To battle in the clouds; before each van
Prick forth the airy knights, and couch their spears,
Till thickest legions close; with feats of arms
From either end of Heaven the welkin burns.

--Book 2, lines 533-8

The world shall burn; and from her ashes spring
New Heaven and Earth, wherein the just shall dwell.

--Book 3, lines 334-5

God shall be all in all.

--Book 3, line 341

Order from disorder sprung.

--Book 3, line 713

Ease would recant
Vows made in pain, as violent and void.
For never can true reconcilement grow
Where wounds of deadly hate have pierced so deep.

--Book 4, lines 96-9

This is servitude,
To serve the unwise.

--Book 6, lines 178-9

Heaven, the seat of bliss,
Brooks not the works of violence and war.

--Book 6, lines 273-4

Angels, contented with their fame in Heaven,
Seek not the praise of men.

--Book 6, lines 375-6

Let it profit thee to have heard,
By terrible example, the reward
Of disobedience.

--Book 6, lines 909-11

And God made two great lights, (great, for their use
To man,) the greater to have rule by day,
The less by night.

--Book 7, lines 346-8

O Earth, how like to Heaven, if not preferred
More justly--seat worthier of Gods, as built
With second thoughts, reforming was was old!
For what God, after better, worse would build?

--Book 9, lines 99-102

For only in destroying I find ease
To my relentless thoughts.

--Book 9, lines 129-30

To me shall be the glory sole among
The infernal Powers, in one day to have marred
What he--Almighty styled--six nights and days
Continued making; and who knows how long
Before had been contriving?

--Book 9, lines 135-9

For not to irksome toil, but to delight,
He made us, and delight to reason join'd.

--Book 9, lines 242-3

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

--Book 9, lines 249-50

Know thy birth!
For dost thou art, and shalt to dust return.

--Book 10, lines 207-8

Nor love thy life, nor hate; but what thou livest
Live well; how long, or short, permit to Heaven.

--Book 11, lines 553-4

The world was all before them, where to choose
Their place of rest, and Providence their guide:
They hand in hand with wand'ring steps and slow,
Through Eden took their solitary way.

--Book 12, lines 646-9

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