65+ Best Paradise Lost Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton. The first version, published in 1667, consists of ten books with over ten thousand lines of verse. Profoundly inspirational Paradise Lost quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

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Famous Paradise Lost Quotes

I sung of Chaos and Eternal Night, Taught by the heav’nly Muse to venture down. The dark descent, and up to reascend. — Paradise Lost

She says both have sinned, but thou against God only, I against God and thee. — Paradise Lost

s Adam says, solitude sometimes is best society, and short retirement urges sweet return. — Paradise Lost

Mammon advocates living to themselves in hell, free, and to none accountable, preferring hard liberty before the easy yoke of servile pomp. — Paradise Lost

Sin agrees to unlock the gates and let him pass, telling him thou art my father, thou my author, thou my being gav’st me; whom should I obey but thee, whom follow? — Paradise Lost

This horror will grow milde, this darkness light. — Paradise Lost

Me miserable! which way shall I flie. Infinite wrauth, and infinite despaire? Which way I flie is Hell; my self am Hell; And in the lowest deep a lower deep. Still threatning to devour me opens wide, To which the Hell I suffer seems a Heav’n. — Paradise Lost

This one, this easy charge, of all the trees/In Paradise that bear delicious fruit/So various, not to taste that only Tree/Of Knowledge, planted by the Tree of Life,/So near grows death to life, whate’er death is,/Some dreadful thing no doubt; for well thou know’st/God hath pronounced it death to taste that Tree. — Paradise Lost

For solitude somtimes is best societie. — Paradise Lost

For never can true reconcilement grow. Where wounds of deadly hate have peirc’d so deep. — Paradise Lost

Milton starts this on a melancholy note, informing the reader that he must change these notes to tragic; foul distrust, and breach disloyal on the part of man, revolt and disobedience. — Paradise Lost

Adam has not received a true equal, however; he explains that Eve is th’ inferior, in the mind and inward faculties. — Paradise Lost

Fair angelic Eve,/Partake thou also: happy though thou art,/Happier thou may’st be, worthier canst not be:/Taste this, and be henceforth among the Gods/Thyself a Goddess, not to Earth confined. — Paradise Lost

Oblivious Eve is thrilled to have received knowledge, and wonders whether she should let Adam partake in it or not tell him and keep it to her advantage so to render [herself] more equal. — Paradise Lost

Satan tells Beelzebub that the mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heav’n of hell, a hell of heav’n. — Paradise Lost

This divine figure calls himself the author of all this thou seest above, or round thee or beneath. — Paradise Lost

The mind is its own place, and in itself/Can make a Heav’n of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n. … /Here we may reign secure, and in my choice/To reign is worth ambition though in Hell:/Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav’n. — Paradise Lost

Did I request thee, Maker, from my Clay. To mould me Man, did I sollicite thee. From darkness to promote me. — Paradise Lost

What surmounts the reach/Of human sense, I shall delineate so,/By likening spiritual to corporal forms,/As may express them best, though what if Earth/Be but the shadow of Heav’n, and things therein/Each to other like, more then on earth is thought? — Paradise Lost

What better can we do, than to the place/Repairing where he judg’d us, prostrate fall/Before him reverent, and there confess/Humbly our faults, and pardon beg, with tears/Watering the ground, and with our sighs the air/Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in sign/Of sorrow unfeign’d, and humiliation meek. — Paradise Lost

God explains that he created man sufficient to have stood, but free to fall. — Paradise Lost

Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav’n. — Paradise Lost

Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to Light. — Paradise Lost

He explains only in destroying I find ease to my restless thoughts. — Paradise Lost

God describes the time of the Last Judgement, when the world will burn and God shall be all in all. — Paradise Lost

All is not lost; the unconquerable Will, And study of revenge, immortal hate, And courage never to submit or yield. — Paradise Lost

Joy thou/In what He gives to thee, this Paradise/And thy fair Eve; Heav’n is for thee too high/To know what passes there; be lowly wise:/Think only what concerns thee and thy being. — Paradise Lost

Before they fall asleep, Eve adds God is thy law, thou mineto know no more is woman’s happiest knowledge and her praise. — Paradise Lost

How can I live without thee, how forgoe. Thy sweet Converse and Love so dearly joyn’d? — Paradise Lost

Secondly, woman is given pain in childbirth, and the Son explains to thy husband’s will thine shall submit, he over thee shall rule. — Paradise Lost

Michael tells Adam, you have seen one world begin and end and man as from a second stock proceed. — Paradise Lost

Freely they stood who stood, and fell who fell. — Paradise Lost

Satan explains that Adam’s eye sublime declared absolute rule. — Paradise Lost

s Adam replies that God made them not to irksome toil, but to delight. — Paradise Lost

Satan, now back on earth, has a moment of doubt and despair in which he says that the hell I suffer seems a heav’n. — Paradise Lost

She says these are thy magnific deeds, thy trophies, which thou view’st as not thine own, thou art their author and prime architect. — Paradise Lost

I formd them free, and free they must remain. — Paradise Lost

Be then his Love accursed; since love or hate,/To me alike, it deals eternal woe./Nay cursed be thou; since against his thy will/Chose freely what it now so justly rues./Me miserable!—which way shall I fly/ Infinite wrath and infinite despair?/Which way I fly is Hell; myself am Hell. — Paradise Lost

Soon, Adam decides that it’s time to go to bed, and Eve obliges, stating my author and disposer, what thou bidd’st unargued I obey. — Paradise Lost

Invincible: abasht the Devil stood, And felt how awful goodness is, and saw. Vertue in her shape how lovly, saw, and pin’d. His loss. — Paradise Lost

A mind not to be chang’d by Place or Time. — Paradise Lost

At length from us may find, who overcomes. By force, hath overcome but half his foe. — Paradise Lost

Though both/Not equal, as their sex not equal seem’d;/For contemplation he, and valor form’d,/For softness she, and sweet attractive Grace,/He for God only, she for God in him. — Paradise Lost

Abdiel encounters Satan once again, this time telling him I alone seemed in thy world erroneous to dissent from allmy sect thou seest, now learn too late how few sometimes may know, when thousands err. — Paradise Lost

Knowledge forbidd’n? Suspicious, reasonless. Why should thir Lord. Envie them that? can it be sin to know, Can it be death? — Paradise Lost

He asks God Why has thou added the sense of endless woes? Inexplicable thy justice seems. — Paradise Lost

He advocates a new course of actionattack mortal man, who Beelzebub describes as less in power and excellence (than themselves), but favored more by God. — Paradise Lost

He tells Adam warn thy weaker (i.e., Eve), and let it profit thee to have heard by terrible example the reward of disobedience — Paradise Lost

He hears Adam tell Eve that they must not eat of the Tree of Knowledge, calling it the only sign of our obedience left, or else God will kill them. — Paradise Lost

Queen of this Universe, do not believe/Those rigid threats of death; ye shall not die:/How should ye? by the fruit? it gives you life/To knowledge; by the Threat’ner? look on me,/Me who have touch’d and tasted, yet both live. — Paradise Lost

So will fall,/He and his faithless progeny. Whose fault?/Whose but his own? Ingrate! He had of me/All he could have; I made him just and right,/Sufficient to have stood though free to fall. — Paradise Lost

Satan tries to make the best of the situation in hell, explaining better to reign in hell, than serve in heav’n. — Paradise Lost

Michael says, the law of God exact he shall fulfill/ both by obedience and by love. — Paradise Lost

He asks Wherein lies th’offense, that man should thus attain to know? — Paradise Lost

Satan, having just learned that the Tree of Knowledge is forbidden to Adam and Eve, ponders ignorance, is that their happy state,/ the proof of their obedience and their faith? — Paradise Lost

Finally, man gets his punishmenthe’ll have to toil hard in the fields to get food till thou return into the ground, for thou out of the ground wast takenknow thy birth, for dust thou art, and shalt to dust return. — Paradise Lost

He notices that they are both not equal, as their sex not equal seemed. — Paradise Lost

Uriel relates how, with God, order from disorder sprung. — Paradise Lost

Milton makes his third invocation, this time to Urania, asking the goddess what caused Adam and Eve to transgress, and slight that sole command, so easily obeyed amid the choice of all tastes else to please their appetite. — Paradise Lost

A teary Adam and Eve await their futurethe 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. — Paradise Lost

After the people in this new world spend enough time being obedient, heaven and earth will become one kingdom, joy and union without end — Paradise Lost

The Son asks Adam if Eve was his God or superior, since his perfection far excelled hers in all real dignity. — Paradise Lost

Awake, arise, or be for ever fall’n. — Paradise Lost

This glorious sight, when sleep hath shut all eyes? — Paradise Lost

What in me is dark illumine. — Paradise Lost