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English poet and dramatist
(1683 - 1765)
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One eye on death, and one full fix'd on heaven.
      - Night Thoughts (night V, l. 838) [Heaven]

Sure as night follows day,
  Death treads in Pleasure's footsteps round the world,
    When pleasure treads the paths which Reason shuns.
      - Night Thoughts (night V, l. 863)

Oh, how portentous is prosperity!
  How comet-like, it threatens while it shines.
      - Night Thoughts (night V, l. 915)

Virtue alone outbuilds the pyramids:
  Her monuments shall last, when Egypt's fall.
      - Night Thoughts (night VI, l. 314) [Virtue]

Pride, like hooded hawks, in darkness soars
  From blindness bold, and towering to the skies.
      - Night Thoughts (night VI, l. 324) [Pride]

Much learning shows how little mortals know:
  Much wealth, how little worldlings can enjoy.
      - Night Thoughts (night VI, l. 519)
        [Learning : Wealth]

'Tis immortality, 'tis that alone,
  Amid life's pains, abasements, emptiness,
    The soul can comfort, elevate, and fill.
      That only, and that amply this performs.
      - Night Thoughts (night VI, l. 573)

And all may do what has by man been done.
      - Night Thoughts (night VI, l. 611) [Action]

Shall man alone, for whom all else revives,
  No resurrection know? Shall man alone,
    Imperial man! be sown in barren ground,
      Less privileged than grain, on which he feeds?
      - Night Thoughts (night VI, l. 704)

We nothing know, but what is marvellous;
  Yet what is marvellous, we can't believe.
      - Night Thoughts (night VII) [Wonder]

Hence Heaven looks down on earth with all her eyes.
      - Night Thoughts (night VII, l. 1,103)

Still seems it strange, that thou shouldst live forever?
  Is it less strange, that thou shouldst live at all?
    This is a miracle; and that no more.
      - Night Thoughts (night VII, l. 1,396)

Hope of all passions, most befriends us here.
      - Night Thoughts (night VII, l. 1,470)

Hope, like a cordial, innocent, though strong,
  Man's heart, at once, inspirits, and serenes;
    Nor makes him pay his wisdom for his joys.
      - Night Thoughts (night VII, l. 1,514)

And what is reason? Be she thus defined:
  Reason is upright stature in the soul.
      - Night Thoughts (night VII, l. 1,526)

But if man loses all, when life is lost,
  He lives a coward, or a fool expires.
    A daring infidel (and such there are,
      From pride, example, lucre, rage, revenge,
        Or pure heroical defect of thought),
          Of all earth's madmen, most deserves a chain.
      - Night Thoughts (night VII, l. 199)

Fame is the shade of immortality,
  And in itself a shadow. Soon as caught,
    Contemn'd; it shrinks to nothing in the grasp.
      - Night Thoughts (night VII, l. 363) [Fame]

Poor in abundance, famish'd at a feast.
      - Night Thoughts (night VII, l. 44)

The man that blushes is not quite a brute.
      - Night Thoughts (night VII, l. 496)

Reason progressive, Instinct is complete;
  Swift instinct leaps; slow reason feebly climbs.
    Brutes soon their zenith reach.
      * * *
        In ages they no more
          Could know, do, covet or enjoy.
      - Night Thoughts (night VII, l. 81) [Reason]

Once I beheld a sun, a sun which gilt
  That sable cloud, and turned it all to gold.
      - Night Thoughts (night VII, l. 815)

Were man to live coeval with the sun,
  The patriarch-pupil would be learning still.
      - Night Thoughts (night VII, l. 86)

A land of levity is a land of guilt.
      - Night Thoughts (night VII, preface)

What ardently we wish, we soon believe.
      - Night Thoughts
         (night VII, pt. II, l. 1311) [Belief]

True happiness ne'er entered at an eye;
  True happiness resides in things unseen.
      - Night Thoughts (night VIII, l. 1,021)

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