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EDWARD YOUNG
English poet and dramatist
(1683 - 1765)
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Her tears, like drops of molten lead,
  With torment burn the passage to my heart.
      - [Tears]

High-built abundance, heap on heap! for what?
  To breed new wants, and beggar us the more,
    Then, make a richer scramble for the throng.
      - [Riches]

Hold their farthing candle to the sun.
      - [Critics]

Horace appears in good humor while he censures, and therefore his censure has the more weight as supposed to proceed from judgment, not from passion.
      - [Censure]

How blessings brighten as they take their flight.
      - [Proverbs]

How commentators each dark passage shun,
  And hold their farthing candle to the sun.
      - [Proverbs]

How many sleep who keep the world awake!
      - [Sleep]

How must a spirit, late escaped from earth, the truth of things new blazing in its eyes, look back astonished on the ways of men, whose lives' whole drift is to forget their graves!
      - [Spirits]

How populous, how vital is the grave!
      - [Graves]

How science dwindles, and how volumes swell!
      - [Books]

How the tall temples, as to meet their gods,
  Ascend the skies!
      - [Spires]

How wretched is the man who never mourned?
      - [Mourners]

Humble love, and not proud science, keens the door of heaven.
      - [Love]

I envy none the gilding of their woe.
      - [Wealth]

If not to some peculiar end assign'd,
  Study's the specious trifling of the mind;
    Or is at best a secondary aim,
      A chase for sport alone and not for game.
      - [Study]

If satire charms, strike faults, but spare the man.
      - [Wit]

If we did but know how little some enjoy of the great things that they possess, there would not be much envy in the world.
      - [Envy]

If wrong our hearts, our heads are right in vain.
      - [Heart]

If you resent, and wish a woman ill,
  But turn her o'er one moment to her will.
      - [Women]

In our world, death deputes intemperance to do the work of age.
      - [Intemperance]

Is not the mighty mind, that son of heaven!
  By tyrant life dethroned, imprison'd, pain'd?
    By death enlarg'd, ennobled, deify'd?
      Death but entombs the body; life the soul.
      - [Soul]

It is falling in love with our own mistaken ideas that makes fools and beggars of half mankind.
      - [Self-love]

It is 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]

It's not enough plagues, wars, and famine rise to lash our crimes, but must our wives be wise?
      - [Wisdom]

Jealousy, thou grand counterpoise for all the transports beauty can inspire!
      - [Jealousy]


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