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EDWARD YOUNG
English poet and dramatist
(1683 - 1765)
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A fool at forty is a fool indeed.
      - [Fools]

A shameless woman is the worst of men.
      - [Women]

A time there is when like a thrice-told tale, long-rifled life of sweets can yield no more.
      - [Age]

All may do what has by man been done.
      - [Decision]

An angel's arm can't snatch me from the grave; legions of angels can't confine me there.
      - [Angels]

An undevout astronomer is mad.
      - [Astronomy]

And cradles rock us nearer to the tomb:
  Our birth is nothing but our death begun.
      - [Life]

And in their height of kindness are unkind.
      - [Unkindness]

And made youth younger, taught life to live.
      - [Youth]

And shall I prove ungrateful? shocking thought! He that is ungrateful has no guilt but one; all other crimes may pass for virtues in him.
      - [Ingratitude]

Applause which owes to man's short outlook all its charms.
      - [Vanity]

Around the neck what dross are gold and pearl!
      - [Ornament]

Art thou not dearer to my eyes than light?
  Dost thou not circulate through all my veins?
    Mingle with life, and form my very soul?
      - [Love]

Authors now find, as once Achilles found, the whole is mortal if a part's unsound.
      - [Authorship]

Be wise to-day; 'tis madness to defer;
  Next day the fatal precedent will plead
    Thus on, till wisdom is push'd out of life.
      - [Delay : Proverbs]

Beautiful as sweet! and young as beautiful! and soft as young! and gay as soft! and innocent as gay!
      - [Beauty]

Beware what earth calls happiness; beware all joys but joys that never can expire.
      - [Happiness]

Bid abhorrence hiss it round the world.
      - [Suicide]

Can eternity belong to me, poor pensioner on the bounties of an hour?
      - [Eternity]

Can gold calm passion, or make reason shine?
  Can we dig peace, or wisdom, from the mine?
    Wisdom to gold prefer; for 'tis much less
      To make our fortune, than our happiness.
      - [Gold]

Cares are employments; and without employ
  The soul is on a rack; the rack of rest,
    To souls most adverse; action all their joy.
      - [Employment]

Courts can give nothing to the wise and good,
  But scorn of pomp, and love of solitude.
      - [Court]

Critics on verse, as squibs on triumphs wait,
  Proclaim their glory, and augment the state;
    Hot, envious, noisy, proud, the scribbling fry
      Burn, hiss, and bounce, waste paper, ink, and die.
      - [Critics]

Dark lattice! letting in eternal day!
      - [Graves]

Death treads in pleasure's footsteps round the world,
  When pleasure treads the paths which reason shuns.
      - [Pleasure]


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