Of man's miraculous mistakes, this bears The palm, "That all men are about to live."
Edward Young (1683 - 1765)
Source: The Complaint: Night Thoughts, Night , 1, 399
Contributed by: Zaady
You are so witty, profligate, and thin, At once we think thee Milton, Death, and Sin.
Source: Epigram on Voltaire
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.
Still seems it strange, that thou shouldst live forever: Is it less strange, that thou shouldst live at all? This is a miracle, and that no more.
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.
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