Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Edward Young

English Poet best known for "Night Thoughts"

"Life is the desert, life the solitude, Death joins us to the great majority."

"Some, for renown, on scraps of learning dote, And think they grow immortal as they quote."

"Illustrious examples engross, prejudice, and intimidate. They engross our attention, and so prevent a due inspection of ourselves; they prejudice our judgment in favour of their abilities, and so less."

"A dearth of words a woman need not fear; but 'tis a task indeed to learn to hear: in that the skill of conversation lies; that shows and makes you both polite and wise."

"A death-bed ?s a detector of the heart."

"A dedication is a wooden leg."

"A Deity believed, is joy begun; a Deity adored, is joy advanced; a Deity beloved, is joy matured. Each branch of piety delight inspires."

"A foe to God ne'er was true friend to man, Some sinister intent taints all he does."

"A foe to God was never true friend to man."

"A fool at forty is a fool indeed."

"A father's heart is tender, though the man's is made of stone."

"A God all mercy is a God unjust."

"A friend is worth all hazards we can run."

"A God alone can comprehend a God."

"A land of levity is a land of guilt."

"A man I knew who lived upon a smile, and well it fed him; he look'd plump and fair, while rankest venom foam'd through every vein."

"A man of sense can artifice disdain, as men of wealth may venture to go plain? I find the fool when I behold the screen, for 'tis the wise man's interest to be seen."

"A man of pleasure is a man of pains."

"A time there is when like a thrice-told tale, long-rifled life of sweets can yield no more."

"Accept a miracle instead of wit? see two dull lines with Stanhope's pencil writ."

"Affliction is a good man's shining time."

"Affliction is the good man's shining scene; prosperity conceals his brightest ray; as night to stars, woe lustre gives to man."

"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."

"A narrow isthmus betwixt time and eternity."

"A partial world will list to my lays, while Anna reigns, and sets a female name unrival'd in the glorious lists of fame."

"A tender smile, our sorrows' only balm."

"A strange alternative? Must women have a doctor or a dance?"

"A shameless woman is the worst of men."

"Age should fly concourse, cover in repeat defects of judgment, and the will subdue; walk thoughtful on the silent, solemn shore of that vast ocean it must sail so soon."

"Ah! How unjust to nature, and himself, is thoughtless, thankless, inconsistent man."

"Ah! What is human life? How, like the dial's tardy-moving shade, day after day slides from us unperceiv'd! The cunning fugitive is swift by stealth; too subtle is the movement to be seen; yet soon the hour is up?and we are gone."

"Ah, how unjust to Nature and himself is thoughtless, thankless, inconsistent man!"

"All evils natural, are moral goods; all discipline, indulgence on the whole."

"All feeling of futurity benumbed; all Godlike passion for externals quenched; all relish of realities expired; imbruted every faculty divine; heart buried in the rubbish of the world."

"All may do what has by man been done."

"All men think all men mortal, but themselves."

"Ambition! powerful source of good and ill!"

"Amid my list of blessings infinite, Stands this the foremost, 'That my heart has bled'."

"An angel's arm can't snatch me from the grave; legions of angels can't confine me there."

"An author! 'tis a venerable name! How few deserve it, and what numbers claim! Unbless'd with sense above their peers refined, who shall stand up dictators to mankind? Nay, who dare shine, if not in virtue's cause? That sole proprietor of just applause."

"An undevout astronomer is mad."

"And all may do what has by man been done."

"And beautiful as sweet! And young as beautiful! and soft as young! And gay as soft! and innocent as gay."

"And can eternity belong to me, poor pensioner on the bounties of an hour?"

"And cradles rock us nearer to the tomb: our birth is nothing but our death begun."

"And feels a thousand deaths, in fearing one."

"And friend received with thumps upon the back."

"And in their height of kindness are unkind."

"And made youth younger, taught life to live."

"And shall I prove ungrateful? shocking thought! He that is ungrateful has no guilt but one; all other"