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EDWARD YOUNG
English poet and dramatist
(1683 - 1765)
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When reason, like the skilful charioteer,
  Can break the fiery passions to the bit,
    And, spite of their licentious sallies, keep
      The radiant tract of glory; passions, then,
        Are aids and ornaments. Triumphant reason,
          Firm in her seat, and swift in her career,
            Enjoys their violence, and, smiling, thanks
              Their formidable flame, for bright renown.
      - [Passion]

When women sue, they sue to be denied.
      - [Women]

Where boasting ends, there dignity begins.
      - [Boasting]

Where heart meets heart, reciprocally soft,
  Each other's pillow to repose divine.
      - [Proposals]

Where is the dust that has not been alive?
  The spade, the plough, disturb our ancestors;
    From human mould we reap our daily bread.
      - [Earth]

Where, where for shelter shall the guilty fly,
  When consternation turns the good man pale?
      - [Guilt]

Who fails to grieve, when just occasion calls,
  Or grieves too much, deserves not to be blest:
    Inhuman, or effeminate, his heart.
      - [Grief]

Who knows if Shakespear might not have thought less, if he had read more?
      - [Reading : Shakespeare]

Who never loved ne'er suffered; he feels nothing,
  Who nothing feels but for himself alone.
      - [Love]

Who tells me he denies his soul's immortal,
  Whate'er his boast, has told me he's a knave;
    His duty, 'tis to love himself alone,
      Nor care though mankind perish, if he smiles,
        Who thinks ere long the man shall wholly die,
          Is dead already; nought but brute survives.
      - [Soul]

Whose yesterdays look backward with a smile.
      - [Past]

Why all this toil for triumphs of an hour?
      - [Strife]

Why wish for more?
  Wishing of all employments is the worst.
      - [Wishes]

Will no superior genius snatch the quill, and save me on the brink from writing ill?
      - [Style]

Wisdom is rare, Lorenzo! wit abounds.
      - [Wisdom]

Wit, how delicious to man's dainty taste!
  'Tis precious, as the vehicle of sense;
    But, as its substitute, a dire disease;
      Pernicious talent! flatter'd by the world,
        By the blind world, which thinks the talent rare.
          Wisdom is rare--wit abounds.
            Passion can give it; sometimes wine inspires
              The lucky flash, and madness rarely fails.
      - [Wit]

With the talents of an angel a man may be a fool.
      - [Talent]

Women were made to give our eyes delight;
  A female sloven is an odious sight.
      - [Women]

Wonder is involuntary praise.
      - [Wonder]

Your learning, like the lunar beam, affords
  Light, but not heat; it leaves you undevout,
    Frozen at heart, while speculation shines.
      - [Learning]

He that's ungrateful has no guilt but one;
  All other crimes may pass for virtues in him.
      - Busiris [Ingratitude]

Thou art so witty, profligate and thin,
  At once we think thee Satan, Death and Sin.
      - Epigram on Voltaire,
        who had criticized the characters of the same name in "Paradise Lost"
        [Epigrams]

Against their wills what numbers ruin shun,
  Purely through want of wit to be undone!
    Nature has shown by making it so rare,
      That wit's a jewel which we need not wear.
      - Epistle to Mr. Pope (ep. II, l. 80) [Wit]

With fame, in just proportion, envy grows.
      - Epistles to Mr. Pope (ep. I, l. 27) [Fame]

The man that makes a character, makes foes.
      - Epistles to Mr. Pope (ep. I, l. 28)
        [Character]


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