Quotations by Young, Edward


At thirty, 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.
And why? Because he thinks himself immortal.
All men think all men mortal but themselves.

Edward Young (1683-1765) English poet
“Night Thoughts,” 1, lines 417–24 (1742)
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The man that blushes is not quite a brute.

Edward Young (1683-1765) English poet
“Night Thoughts,” 7, l. 496 (1742-45)
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When most the world applauds you, most beware;
‘Tis often less a blessing than a snare.

Edward Young (1683-1765) English poet
Love of Fame, Satire 6 “On Women” (1727)
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Man’s greatest strength is shown in standing still.

Edward Young (1683-1765) English poet
The Complaint, 8.912 (1742-45)
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