Who does the best his circumstance allows, Does well, acts nobly-angels could no more.
Edward Young (1683 - 1765)
Contributed by: Zaady
Thy purpose firm is equal to the deed: Who does the best his circumstance allows Does well, acts nobly; angels could no more.
Source: Night Thoughts.
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.
And friend received with thumps upon the back.
Source: Universal Passion.
A Christian is the highest style of man.
Source: Night Thoughts. Night iv. Line 788.
While man is growing, life is in decrease; And cradles rock us nearer to the tomb. Our birth is nothing but our death begun. As tapers waste the moment they take fire.
Source: Night Thoughts. Night v. Line 717.
How blessings brighten as they take their flight!
Source: Night Thoughts. Night ii. Line 602.
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