Paradise Lost Book 2 Quotes by John Milton and many others.
Abash’d the Devil stood, And felt how awful goodness is.
‘Paradise Lost’ is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is.
The strongest and the fiercest spirit That fought in heaven, now fiercer by despair.
Meanwhile the Adversary of God and man, Satan with thoughts inflamed of highest design, Puts on swift wings, and towards the gates of hell Explores his solitary flight.
Long is the way and hard, that out of hell leads up to light.
Oh, shame to men! devil with devil damn’d Firm concord holds, men only disagree Of creatures rational.
Better to reign in hell than serve in heav’n.
Knowledge forbidden? Suspicious, reasonless. Why should their Lord Envy them that? Can it be a sin to know? Can it be death?
Never can true reconcilement grow where wounds of deadly hate have pierced so deep.
Arm the obdured breast with stubborn patience as with triple steel.
God is thy law, thou mine: to know no more Is woman’s happiest knowledge and her praise. With thee conversing I forget all time.
And that must end us, that must be our cure: To be no more. Sad cure! For who would lose, Though full of pain, this intellectual being, Those thoughts that wander through eternity, To perish, rather, swallowed up and lost In the wide womb of uncreated night Devoid of sense and motion?
Be lowly wise: Think only what concerns thee and thy being.
With ruin upon ruin, rout on rout, Confusion worse confounded.
Now came still evening on; and twilight gray Had in her sober livery all things clad: Silence accompanied; for beast and bird, They to they grassy couch, these to their nests, Were slunk, all but the wakeful nightingale.
On a sudden open fly With impetuous recoil and jarring sound Th’ infernal doors, and on their hinges grate Harsh thunder.
This horror will grow mild, this darkness light.