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67 Famous Quotes by Edward Young
7/3/1683 - 4/5/1765
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Has death his fopperies?

Foppery Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Night Thoughts (night II, l. 231)

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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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He rams his quill with scandal and with scoff, But 'tis so very foul, it won't go off.

Scandal Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Epistles to Pope (ep. I, l. 199)

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Is there a tongue like Delia's o'er her cup, That runs for ages without winding up?

Tongue Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Love of Fame (satire I, l. 281)

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Then lady Cynthia, mistress of the shade, Goes, with the fashionable owls, to bed.

Owls Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Love of Fame (satire V, l. 209)

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At thirty, man suspects himself a fool, Knows it at forty, and reforms his plan; At fifty, chides his infamous delay, Pushes his prudent purpose to resolve, In all the magnanimity of thought; Resolves, and re-resolves, then dies the same. And why? because he thinks himself immortal, All men think all men mortal but themselves.

Mortality Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Night Thoughts (night I, l. 417)

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What is a miracle?--'Tis a reproach, 'Tis an implicit satire on mankind; And while it satisfies, it censures too.

Miracles Quotes, by Edward Young , Source: Night Thoughts (night IX, l. 1,245)

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