You are so witty, profligate, and thin, At once we think thee Milton, Death, and Sin.
Edward Young (1683 - 1765)
Source: Epigram on Voltaire
Contributed by: Zaady
Accept a miracle, instead of wit See two dull lines, with Stanhope's pencil writ.
Source: Written with Lord Chesterfield's Diamond Pencil. Spence, Anecdotes (1820), p. 378
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.
Their feet through faithless leather met the dirt, And oftener chang'd their principles than shirt.
Source: To Mr. Pope. Epistle i. Line 277.
Final Ruin fiercely drives Her plowshare o'er creation.
Source: The Complaint: Night Thoughts. Night ix. 1. Line 167.
Men may live fools, but fools they cannot die.
Source: Night Thoughts. Night iv. Line 843.
And friend received with thumps upon the back.
Source: Universal Passion.
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