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67 Famous Quotes by Edward Young
7/3/1683 - 4/5/1765
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Britannia's shame! There took her gloomy flight, On wing impetuous, a black sullen soul . . . Less base the fear of death than fear of life. O Britain! infamous for suicide.

Suicide Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Night Thoughts (night V, l. 436)

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A man I knew who lived upon a smile, And well it fed him; he look'd plump and fair, While rankest venom foam'd through every vein.

Hypocrisy Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Night Thoughts (night VIII, l. 336)

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One to destroy is murder by the law, And gibbets keep the lifted hand in awe; To murder thousands takes a specious name, War's glorious art, and gives immortal fame.

Murder Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Love of Fame (satire VII, l. 55)

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Sense is our helmet, wit is but the plume; The plume exposes, 'tis our helmet saves. Sense is the diamond, weighty, solid, sound; When cut by wit, it casts a brighter beam; Yet, wit apart, it is a diamond still.

Sense Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Night Thoughts (night VIII, l. 1,254)

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How his eyes languish! how his thoughts adore That painted coat, which Joseph never wore! He shows, on holidays, a sacred pin, That touch'd the ruff, that touched Queen Bess' chin.

Apparel Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Love of Fame (satire IV, l. 119)

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Their feet through faithless leather met the dirt, And oftener chang'd their principles than shirt.

Apparel Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: To Mr. Pope (epistle I, l. 283)

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'Tis greatly wise to talk with our past hours; And ask them what report they bore to heaven: And how they might have borne more welcome news.

Self-examination Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Night Thoughts (night II, l. 376)

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Who does the best that circumstance allows, Does well, acts nobly, angels could no more.

Circumstance Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Night Thoughts (night II, l. 90)

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The melancholy ghosts of dead renown, Whispering faint echoes of the world's applause.

Echo Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Night Thoughts (night IX)

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Can wealth give happiness? look round and see What gay distress! what splendid misery! Whatever fortunes lavishly can pour, The mind annihilates, and calls for more.

Wealth Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Love of Fame (satire V, l. 394)

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Much learning shows how little mortals know: Much wealth, how little worldlings can enjoy.

Wealth Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Night Thoughts (night VI, l. 519)

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Oh, how portentous is prosperity! How comet-like, it threatens while it shines.

Prosperity Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Night Thoughts (night V, l. 915)

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Fond man! the vision of a moment made! Dream of a dream! and shadow of a shade!

Visions Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Paraphrase on Part of the Book of Job (l. 187)

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What most we wish, with ease we fancy near.

Wishes Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Love of Fame (III)

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Man wants but little, nor that little long; How soon must he resign his very dust, Which frugal nature lent him for an hour!

Wishes Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Night Thoughts (night IV, l. 118)

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He calls his wish, it comes; he sends it back, And says he called another; that arrives, Meets the same welcome; yet he still calls on; Till one calls him, who varies not his call, But holds him fast, in chains of darkness bound, Till Nature dies, and judgment sets him free; A freedom far less welcome than this chain.

Wishes Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Night Thoughts (night IV, lines near end)

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What folly can be ranker. Like our shadows, Our wishes lengthen as our sun declines.

Wishes Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Night Thoughts (night V, l. 661)

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A partial world will list to my lays, While Anna reigns, and sets a female name Unrival'd in the glorious lists of fame.

Royalty Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Force of Religion (bk. I, l. 6)

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Titles are marks of honest men, and wise: The fool or knave that wears a title lies.

Nobility Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Love of Fame (satire I, l. 145)

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A dearth of words a woman need not fear; But 'tis a task indeed to learn to hear: In that the skill of conversation lies; That shows and makes you both polite and wise.

Conversation Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Love of Fame (satire V, l. 57)

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Inhumanity is caught from man, From smiling man.

Cruelty Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Night Thoughts (night V, l. 158)

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I've known my lady (for she loves a tune) For fevers take an opera in June: And, though perhaps you'll think the practice bold, A midnight park is sov'reign for a cold.

Sickness Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Love of Fame (satire V, l. 185)

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A land of levity is a land of guilt.

Guilt Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Night Thoughts (night VII, preface)

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Thou art so witty, profligate and thin, At once we think thee Satan, Death and Sin.

Epigrams Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Epigram on Voltaire, who had criticized the characters of the same name in "Paradise Lost"

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The qualities all in a bee that we meet, In an epigram never should fail; The body should always be little and sweet, And a sting should be felt in its tail.

Epigrams Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Epigram on Voltaire, who had criticized the characters of the same name in "Paradise Lost"

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