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.
The chamber where the good man meets his fate Is privileg'd beyond the common walk Of virtuous life, quite in the verge of heaven.
Source: Night Thoughts. Night ii. Line 633.
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.
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