EDWARD YOUNG QUOTES

English poet (1683-1765)

A God all mercy is a God unjust.

EDWARD YOUNG, The Complaint, or Night-Thoughts on Life, Death, & Immortality

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A man I knew who lived upon a smile,
And well it fed him; he look'd plump and fair

EDWARD YOUNG, Night Thoughts

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By night an atheist half believes in God.

EDWARD YOUNG, The Complaint, or Night-Thoughts on Life, Death & Immortality

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Ten thousand fools, knaves, cowards, lump'd together,
Become all-wise, all-righteous, and all-mighty.

EDWARD YOUNG, The Brothers

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Procrastination is the thief of time.

EDWARD YOUNG, The Complaint, or Night-Thoughts on Life, Death, & Immortality

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Youth is not rich in time; it may be poor;
Part with it as with money, sparing; pay
No moment but in purchase of its worth,
And what it's worth, ask death-beds; they can tell.

EDWARD YOUNG, The Complaint, or Night-Thoughts on Life, Death & Immortality

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When men of infamy to grandeur soar,
They light a torch to show their shame the more.

EDWARD YOUNG, Love of Fame: The Universal Passion in Seven Characteristical Satires

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But love, like wine, gives a tumultuous bliss,
Heighten'd indeed beyond all mortal pleasures;
But mingles pangs and madness in the bowl.

EDWARD YOUNG, The Revenge

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Can eternity belong to me,
Poor pensioner on the bounties of an hour?

EDWARD YOUNG, Night Thoughts

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O let me be undone the common way,
And have the common comfort to be pity'd,
And not be ruin'd in the mask of bliss,
And so be envy'd, and be wretched too!

EDWARD YOUNG, The Revenge

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I fear no farther hell than that I feel.

EDWARD YOUNG, Busiris, King of Egypt: A Tragedy

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The spider's most attenuated thread
Is cord, is cable, to man's tender tie
On earthly bliss; it breaks at every breeze.

EDWARD YOUNG, Night Thoughts

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Some go to Church, proud humbly to repent,
And come back much more guilty than they went:
One way they look, another way they steer,
Pray to the Gods; but would have Mortals hear;
And when their sins they set sincerely down,
They'll find that their Religion has been one.

EDWARD YOUNG, Love of Fame: The Universal Passion in Seven Characteristical Satires

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How blessings brighten as they take their flight!

EDWARD YOUNG, Night Thoughts

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Who gives an empire, by the gift defeats
All end of giving; and procures contempt
Instead of gratitude.

EDWARD YOUNG, The Brothers

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How poor, how rich, how abject, how august,
How complicate, how wonderful, is man!...
Midway from nothing to the Deity!

EDWARD YOUNG, Night Thoughts

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This vast and solid earth, that blazing sun,
Those skies, thro' which it rolls, must all have end.
What then is man? The smallest part of nothing.

EDWARD YOUNG, The Revenge

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Has the dark adder venom? So have I,
When trod upon.

EDWARD YOUNG, The Revenge

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Titles are marks of honest men, and wise;
The Fool or Knave that wears a title, lies.

EDWARD YOUNG, Love of Fame: The Universal Passion in Seven Characteristical Satires

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The bell strikes One. We take no note of time
But from its loss. To give it then a tongue
Is wise in man. As if an angel spoke,
I feel the solemn sound. If heard aright,
It is the knell of my departed hours.

EDWARD YOUNG, Night Thoughts

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