Edward Young

(June 1683 - 5 April 1765 / Upham / England)

Quotations

  • ''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 lessen the sense of our own; and they intimidate us with the splendour of their renown, and thus under diffidence bury our strength.''
    Edward Young (1683-1765), British poet, dramatist. Conjectures on Original Composition (1759).
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  • ''Some, for renown, on scraps of learning dote,
    And think they grow immortal as they quote.''
    Edward Young (1683-1765), British poet, playwright. repr. In Complete Works, ed. J. Doran (1968). Love of Fame: The Universal Passion, satire 1, l. 89-90 (1725-1728).
  • ''None think the great unhappy, but the great.''
    Edward Young (1683-1765), British poet, playwright. repr. In Complete Works, ed. J. Doran (1968). Love of Fame: The Universal Passion, satire 1, l. 238 (1725-1728).
  • ''Life is the desert, life the solitude,
    Death joins us to the great majority.''
    Edward Young (1683-1765), British poet, playwright. repr. In Complete Works, ed. J. Doran (1968). Don Alonzo, in The Revenge, act 4, sc. 1 (1721).
  • ''All men think all men mortal, but themselves.''
    Edward Young (1683-1765), British poet, playwright. repr. In Complete Works, ed. J. Doran (1968). Night 1, l. 424, The Complaint, or Night-Thoughts on Life, Death and Immortality (1742-1746).
  • ''A God all mercy is a God unjust.''
    Edward Young (1683-1765), British poet, playwright. repr. In Complete Works, ed. J. Doran (1968). Night 4, l. 233, The Complaint, or Night-Thoughts on Life, Death and Immortality (1742-1746).
  • ''Procrastination is the thief of time.''
    Edward Young (1683-1765), British poet, playwright. repr. In Complete Works, ed. J. Doran (1968). Night 1, l. 393, The Complaint, or Night-Thoughts on Life, Death and Immortality (1742-1746).
  • ''Our birth is nothing but our death begun.''
    Edward Young (1683-1765), British poet, playwright. repr. In Complete Works, ed. J. Doran (1968). Night 5, l. 718, The Complaint, or Night-Thoughts on Life, Death and Immortality (1742-1746).
  • ''By night an atheist half believes in a God.''
    Edward Young (1683-1765), British poet, dramatist. "The Complaint: Night V," Night Thoughts (1742-1746).

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Sleep

Tired Nature's sweet restorer, balmy sleep, -
He, like the world, his ready visit pays
Where fortune smiles: the wretched he forsakes,
And lights on lids unsullied by a tear.

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