Accept a miracle, instead of wit See two dull lines, with Stanhope's pencil writ.
Edward Young (1683 - 1765)
Source: Written with Lord Chesterfield's Diamond Pencil. Spence, Anecdotes (1820), p. 378
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All men think all men mortal but themselves.
Source: Night Thoughts. Night i. Line 424.
He mourns the dead who lives as they desire.
Source: Night Thoughts
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.
Source: Love of Fame. Satire vii. Line 55.
Pygmies are pygmies still, though percht on Alps; And pyramids are pyramids in vales. Each man makes his own stature, builds himself. Virtue alone outbuilds the Pyramids; Her monuments shall last when Egypt's fall.
Source: Night Thoughts. Night vi. Line 309.
Ah, how unjust to Nature and himself Is thoughtless, thankless, inconsistent man!
Source: Night Thoughts. Night ii. Line 112.
Death loves a shining mark, a signal blow.
Source: Night Thoughts. Night v. 1. Line 1011.
A death-bed's a detector of the heart.
Source: Night Thoughts. Night ii. Line 641.
Devotion! daughter of astronomy! An undevout astronomer is mad.
Source: The Complaint: Night Thoughts. Night ix. 1. Line 769.
Forever most divinely in the wrong.
Source: Love of Fame. Satire vi. Line 1. 106.
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