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Quotations by author » Alexander Pope
English Poet, 1688-1744
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If, presume not to God to scan; The proper study of Mankind is Man. Plac'd on this isthmus of a middle state, a being darkly wise, and rudely great.
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In lazy apathy let stoics boast Their virtue fixed: 'tis fixed as in a frost; Contracted all, retiring to the breast; But strength of mind is exercise, not rest
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In quibbles angel and archangel join,/ And God the Father turns a school divine.
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In words, as fashions, the same rule will hold, Alike fantastic if too new or old: Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside
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Is there a parson, much bemused in beer,/ A maudlin poetess, a rhyming peer,/ A clerk foredoomed his father's soul to cross/ Who pens a stanza, when he should engross?
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Is there no bright reversion in the sky,/ For those who greatly think, or bravely die?
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It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles; the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring out
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It is with our judgments as with our watches: no two go just alike, yet each believes his own.
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Know then this truth (enough for man to know), - "Virtue alone is happiness below
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Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is man
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Learn to live well, or fairly make your will; you played, and loved, and ate, and drunk your fill: walk sober off; before a sprightlier age comes tittering on, and shoves you from the stage: leave such to trifle with more grace and ease, whom Folly pleases, and whose Follies please.
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Led by my hand, he sauntered Europe round, And gathered every vice on Christian ground
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Let sinful bachelors their woes deplore, full well they merit all they feel, and more
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Like Cato, give his little senate laws, and sit attentive to his own applause.
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Like following life through creatures you dissect,/ You lose it in the moment you detect.
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Like strength is felt from hope and from despair
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Lo, the poor Indian! whose untutored mind Sees God in clouds, or hears him in the wind; His soul proud Science never taught to stray, Far as the solar walk or milky way
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Loud thunder to its bottom shook the bog,/ And the hoarse nation croaked, `God save King Log!'
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Love and life are for to-day.
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Love, free as air at sight of human ties, spreads his light wings, and in a moment flies
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