Affliction is the good man's shining scene; prosperity conceals his brightest ray; as night to stars, woe lustre gives to man.
Edward Young (1683 - 1765)
Contributed by: Zaady
Amid my list of blessings infinite, stands this the foremost, "that my heart has bled."
Age should fly concourse, cover in retreat defects of judgment, and the will subdue; walk thoughtful on the silent, solemn shore of that vast ocean it must sail so soon.
Like our shadows, Our wishes lengthen as our sun declines.
Source: Night Thoughts. Night v. Line 661.
None think the great unhappy but the great.
Source: Love of Fame. Satire i. Line 238.
If we did but know how little some enjoy of the great things that they possess, there would not be much envy in the world.
Insatiate archer! could not one suffice? Thy shaft flew thrice, and thrice my peace was slain; And thrice, ere thrice yon moon had filled her horn.
Source: Night Thoughts. Night i. Line 212.
To know the world, not love her, is thy point; She gives but little, nor that little, long.
Source: The Complaint: Night Thoughts. Night viii. 1. Line 1276.
Life is the desert, life the solitude; Death joins us to the great majority.
Source: The Revenge, Act IV
That life is long which answers life's great end.
Source: Night Thoughts. Night v. Line 773.
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