John Dryden

Playwright, Author

1631 – 1700


Who was John Dryden?

John Dryden was an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who was made Poet Laureate in 1668. He is seen as dominating the literary life of Restoration England to such a point that the period came to be known in literary circles as the Age of Dryden. Walter Scott called him "Glorious John."

Famous Quotes:

  • Roused by the lash of his own stubborn tail our lion now will foreign foes assail.
  • Love is not in our choice but in our fate.
  • Look around the inhabited world; how few know their own good, or knowing it, pursue.
  • Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul.
  • All human things are subject to decay, and when fate summons, monarchs must obey.
  • War is the trade of Kings.
  • Ill habits gather unseen degrees, as brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.
  • When I consider life, it is all a cheat. Yet fooled with hope, people favor this deceit.
  • Nor is the people's judgment always true: the most may err as grossly as the few.
  • Woman's honor is nice as ermine; it will not bear a soil.


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Aug 9, 1631
Also known as
  • Dryden, John
  • Glorious John
  • Catholicism
  • England
  • Trinity College, Cambridge
  • Westminster School
  • University of Cambridge
  • Poet laureate, Government of the United Kingdom
    (1668 - 1688)
May 12, 1700
Resting place
Westminster Abbey

on July 23, 2013