Edward Young Night Thoughts Mercy

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How blessings brighten as they take their flight.

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Tomorrow is a satire on today, And shows its weakness.

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The maid that loves goes out to sea upon a shattered plank, and puts her trust in miracles for safety.

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All men think all men mortal, but themselves.

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They only babble who practise not reflection.

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Accept a miracle instead of wit and see two dull lines with Stanhope's pencil writ.

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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.

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A soul without reflection, like a pile Without inhabitant, to ruin runs.

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The future... seems to me no unified dream but a mince pie, long in the baking, never quite done.

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Wise it is to comprehend the whole.

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Much learning shows how little mortals know; much wealth, how little wordings enjoy.

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The clouds may drop down titles and estates, and wealth may seek us, but wisdom must be sought.

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Be wise with speed; a fool at forty is a fool indeed.

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Our birth is nothing but our death begun, As tapers waste the moment they take fire.

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Those who build beneath the stars build too low.

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The purpose firm is equal to the deed.

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Too low they build, who build beneath the stars.

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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.

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Wonder is involuntary praise.

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The house of laughter makes a house of woe.

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