| Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.|
|AUTHOR:||Edward Young (16831765)|
|QUOTATION:||At thirty, man suspects himself a fool;|
Knows it at forty, and reforms his plan;
At fifty, chides his infamous delay,
Pushes his prudent purpose to resolve;
In all the magnanimity of thought
Resolves, and re-resolves; then dies the same.
And why? Because he thinks himself immortal.
All men think all men mortal but themselves.
|ATTRIBUTION:||EDWARD YOUNG, Night Thoughts, 1, lines 41724, The Complete Works, Poetry and Prose, ed. James Nichols, p. 13 (1854, reprinted 1968).|