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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1223
AUTHOR: Edward Young (1683–1765)
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 417–24, The Complete Works, Poetry and Prose, ed. James Nichols, p. 13 (1854, reprinted 1968).
SUBJECTS: Mortality