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date: 24 April 2024

Edward Young 1683–1765
English poet and dramatist 

  1. Some for renown on scraps of learning dote,
    And think they grow immortal as they quote.
     
    The Love of Fame (1725–8) Satire 1, l. 89
  2. Be wise with speed;
    A fool at forty is a fool indeed.
     
    The Love of Fame (1725–8) Satire 2, l. 282
  3. 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 (1725–8) Satire 7, l. 55; see Porteus, Rostand
  4. 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 (1725–8) Satire 7, l. 96; see Burton, Sidney
  5. Tired Nature's sweet restorer, balmy sleep!
     
    Night Thoughts (1742–5) ‘Night 1’ l. 1
  6. Procrastination is the thief of time.
     
    Night Thoughts (1742–5) ‘Night 1’ l. 393
  7. At thirty a man suspects himself a fool;
    Knows it at forty, and reforms his plan;
    At fifty chides his infamous delay,
    Pushes his prudent purpose to resolve;
    In all the magnanimity of thought
    Resolves; and re-resolves; then dies the same.
     
    Night Thoughts (1742–5) ‘Night 1’ l. 417
  8. To know the world, not love her, is thy point,
    She gives but little, nor that little, long.
     
    Night Thoughts (1742–5) ‘Night 8’ l. 1276; see Goldsmith
  9. An undevout astronomer is mad.
     
    Night Thoughts (1742–5) ‘Night 9’ l. 770
  10. The course of Nature is the art of God.
    Night Thoughts (1742–5) ‘Night 9’ l. 1267
  11. Life is the desert, life the solitude;
    Death joins us to the great majority.
     
    The Revenge (1721) act 4; see Petronius