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Edward Young
English poet and dramatist
(1683-1765)



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Some for renown on scraps of learning dote:
And think they grow immortal as they quote.
-- The Love of Fame (1785-78), Satire 1, line 89

None think the great unhappy, but the great.
-- The Love of Fame (1785-78), Satire 1, line 238

Hot, envious, noisy, proud, the scribbling fry
Burn, hiss, and bounce, waste paper, stink, and die.
-- The Love of Fame (1785-78), Satire 3, line 65

One to destroy, is murder by the law;
And gibbets keep the lifted hand in awe;
To murder thousands, takes a specious name,
'War's glorious art', and gives immortal fame.
-- The Love of Fame (1785-78), Satire 7, line 55

How science dwindles, and how volumes swell,
How commentators each dark passage shun,
And hold their farthing candle to the sun.
-- The Love of Fame (1785-78), Satire 7, line 96

Procrastination is the thief of time.
-- Night Thoughts (1742-45)

All men think all men mortal, but themselves.
-- Night Thoughts (1742-45)

By night an atheist half believes a God.
-- Night Thoughts (1742-45)

To know the world, not love her, is thy point,
She gives but little, nor that little, long.
-- Night Thoughts (1742-45)

To know ourselves diseased is half the cure.
-- Night Thoughts (1742-45)

How glorious, then, appears the mind of man,
When in it all the stars, and planets, roll.
And what it seems, it is: great objects make
Great minds.
-- Night Thoughts (1742-45)


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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