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The blest to-day is as completely so, As who began a thousand years ago.


Alexander Pope

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Thus unlamented pass the proud away, The gaze of fools and pageant of a day; So perish all, wh...
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Where stray ye, Muses! in what lawn or grove, . . . . In those fair fields where sacred Isis ...
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Then marble, soften'd into life, grew warm.
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Good sense which only is the gift of Heaven, And though no science, fairly worth the seven.
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Who would not praise Patrico's high desert, His hand unstain'd, his uncorrupted heart, His com...
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. . . th' approach of night The skies yet blushing with departing light, When falling dews wit...
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Sure of their qualities and demanding praise, more go to ruined fortunes than are raised.
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An obstinate person does not hold opinions; they hold them.
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Let sinful bachelors their woes deplore; full well they merit all they feel, and more: unaw by prece...
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A little learning is a dangerous thing. Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring; There shallow d...
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A little learning is a dangerous thing;
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There sha...
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The hungry judges soon the sentence sign, and wretches hang that jurymen may dine.
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Die and endow a college or a cat.
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Act well your part; there all honor lies.
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In lazy apathy let stoics boast
Their virtue fix
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Two purposes in human nature rule. Self-love to urge, and reason to restrain.
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Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.
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Fools admire, but men of sense approve.
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Our proper bliss depends on what we blame.
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Hear how the birds, on ev'ry blooming spray, With joyous musick wake the dawning day.
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Ye flowers that drop, forsaken by the spring, Ye birds that, left by summer, cease to sing, Ye...
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A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
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See Christians, Jews, one heavy sabbath keep, And all the western world believe and sleep.
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The doubtful beam long nods from side to side.
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Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
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Judges and senates have been bought for gold; Esteem and love were never to be sold.
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Blessed is he who expects nothing for he shall never be disappointed.
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Satire or sense, alas! Can Sporus feel? Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?
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The difference is as great between The optics seeing as the objects seen. All manners take a t...
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Say, will the falcon, stooping from above, Smit with her varying plumage, spare the dove? Admi...
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Ten censure wrong, for one that writes amiss.
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Be not the first by whom the new are tried,
Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
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Some people will never learn anything because they understand everything too soon.
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Be thou the first true merit to befriend, his praise is lost who stays till all commend.
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Virtuous and vicious everyone must be; few in extremes, but all in degree.
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Like Cato, give his little senate laws, and sit attentive to his own applause.
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The hidden harmony is better than the obvious.
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Satire's my weapon, but I'm too discreet
To run amuck, and tilt at all I meet.
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He's armed without that's innocent within.
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Round broken columns clasping ivy twin'd.
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The infant, on opening his eyes, ought to see his country, and to the hour of his death never lose ...
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'Tis strange the miser should his cares employ To gain those riches he can ne'er enjoy; Is it ...
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To hide the fault I see: That mercy I to others show, That mercy show to me.
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Thus let me live, unseen, unknown, Thus unlamented let me die; Steal from the world, and not a...
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Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for a time, leave us the ...
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A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in ob...
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The proper study of Mankind is Man.
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The most positive men are the most credulous.
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Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is man.
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A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.
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In Faith and Hope the world will disagree, But all mankind's concern is charity.
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Honor and shame from no condition rise; Act well your part, there all the honor lies.
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Education forms the common mind. Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined.
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Zeal is very blind, or badly regulated, when it encroaches upon the rights of others.
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Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think.
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Most authors steal their works, or buy.
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I find myself... hoping a total end of all the unhappy divisions of mankind by party-spirit, which a...
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They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake.
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Never elated when someone's oppressed, never dejected when another one's blessed.
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A God without dominion, providence, and final causes, is nothing else but fate and nature.
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Where'er you walk, cool glades shall fan the glade / Trees, where you sit, shall crowd into a shade:...
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An honest man's the noblest work of God
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So modern pothecaries taught the art
By doctors bills to play the doctor's part.
Bold in t...
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Be sure yourself and your own reach to know How far your genius taste and learning go.
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Trust not yourself; but your defects to know,
Make use of ev'ry friend—and ev'ry foe.
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Then most our trouble still when most admired,
And still the more we give, the more required; ALEXANDER POPE
In words, as fashions, the same rule will hold;
Alike fantastic, if too new, or old:
Be no...
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Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see,
Thinks what ne'er was, nor is, nor e'er shall be,
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A little learning is a dangerous thing.
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring;
There...
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Behold the child, by Nature's kindly law pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.
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Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see, Thinks what ne'er was, nor is, nor e'er shall be.
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Envy will merit as its shade pursue, But like a shadow, proves the substance true.
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Th' unwilling gratitude of base mankind!
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Form'd by thy converse, happily steer From grave to gay, from lively to severe.
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'Tis thus the mercury of man is fix'd, Strong grows the virtue with his nature mix'd.
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To John I owed great obligation: But John unhandsomely thought fit To publish it to all the na...
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Good-nature and good-sense must ever join; To err is human, to forgive, divine.
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"Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed" was the ninth beatitude
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Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is onl...
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Heaven from all creatures hides the book of Fate, All but the page prescribed, their present state
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The same ambition can destroy or save, and make a patriot as it makes a knave.
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A brain of feathers, and a heart of lead
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Order is heaven's first law.
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So modern 'pothecaries, taught the art By doctor's bills to play the doctor's part, Bold in th...
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The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read, With loads of learned lumber in his head.
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Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night:
God said, Let Newton be! and all was light.
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Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
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A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So is a lot.
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To err is human, to forgive, divine.
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Passions are the gales of life.
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True politeness consists in being easy one's self, and in making every one about one as easy as one ...
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Curse on all laws, but those that love has made.
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Health consists with temperance alone.
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And all who told it added something new, and all who heard it, made enlargements too.
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To err is human; to forgive, divine.
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I was not born for courts and great affairs, but I pay my debts, believe and say my prayers.
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We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow. Our wiser sons, no doubt will think us so.
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I am his Highness dog at Kew; pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?
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Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll; charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
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Let me tell you I am better acquainted with you for a long absence, as men are with themselves for a...
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Hither the heroes and nymphs resort,
To taste awhile the pleasures of a court;
In various talk...
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You beat your Pate, and fancy Wit will come: Knock as you please, there's no body at home.
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Our rural ancestors, with little blest,
Patient of labour when the end was rest,
Indulged th...
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By foreign hands thy humble grave adorned; By strangers honored, and by strangers mourned.
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Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?
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Blest paper-credit! last and best supply! That lends corruption lighter wings to fly!
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To Kerke the narre, from God more farre.
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Fire in each eye, and papers in each hand, They rave, recite, and madden round the land.
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In the nice bee, what sense so subtly true From pois'nous herbs extracts the healing dew?
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No question is ever settled Until it is settled right.
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Pleas'd to the last he crops the flowery food, And licks the hand just rais'd to shed his blood.
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One who is too wise an observer of the business of others, like one who is too curious in observing...
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Not chaos-like together crush'd and bruis'd, But, as the world, harmoniously confused: Where o...
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How glowing guilt exalts the keen delight!
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Obliged by hunger and request of friends.
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What beck'ning ghost along the moonlight shade Invites my steps, and points to yonder glade?
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The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains that ...
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Lull'd by soft zephyrs thro' the broken pane.
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The balmy zephyrs, silent since her death, Lament the ceasing of a sweeter breath.
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I have more zeal than wit.
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We conquered France, but felt our captive's charms, Her arts victorious triumph'd o'er our arms.
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Heaven forming each on other to depend, A master, or a servant, or a friend, Bids each on othe...
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Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, And without sneering teach the rest to sneer; ...
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He who tells a lie is not sensible of how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to inven...
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A little learning is a dangerous thing;
drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
there s...
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How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal ...
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Some old men, continually praise the time of their youth. In fact, you would almost think that there...
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From vulgar bounds with brave disorder part, And snatch a grace beyond the reach of art.
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Haste is slow. [Lat., Festinatio tarda est.]
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Tis education forms the common mind;
Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined.
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There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit.
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I'll print it, And shame the fools.
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And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in a masquerade.
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Th' embroider'd suit at least he deem'd his prey; That suit an unpaid tailor snatched away.
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And each blasphemer quite escape the rod, Because the insult's not on man, but God?
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Calm, thinking villains, whom no faith could fix, Of crooked counsels and dark politics.
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Heav'n first taught letters for some wretch's aid, Some banish'd lover, or some captive maid.
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When rumours increase, and when there is an abundance of noise and clamour, believe the second repo...
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Know then, unnumber'd Spirits round thee fly, The light Militia of the lower sky.
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The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine! Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.
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The sound must seem an echo to the sense.
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But see, the shepherds shun the noonday heat, The lowing herds to murmuring brooks retreat, To...
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Such labour'd nothings, in so strange a style. Amaze th' learn'd, and make the learned smile.
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Education forms the common mind. Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined.
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'Tis with our judgments as our watches, none Go just alike, yet each believes his own.
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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 midd...
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One science only will one genius fit; so vast is art, so narrow human wit.
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Virtue, I grant you, is an empty boast; But shall the dignity of vice be lost?
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But if We have such another victory, we are undone.
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In Words, as Fashions, the same Rule will hold;
Alike Fantastick, if too New, or Old;
Be not t...
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A little learning is a dangerous thing.
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Reason, however able, cool at best, Cares not for service, or but serves when prest, Stays til...
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To be angry is to revenge the faults of others upon ourselves
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Good God! how often are we to die before we go quite off this stage? In every friend we lose a part ...
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See skulking Truth to her old cavern fled,
Mountains of Casuistry heap'd o'er her head!
Philos...
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Why did I write? What sin to me unknown dipped me in ink, my parents , or my own?
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Nature and nature's laws lay hid in night; God said "Let Newton be" and all was light.
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To be angry is to revenge the faults of others upon ourselves
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You purchase pain with all that joy can give and die of nothing but a rage to live.
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Know then thyself, presume not God to scan,
The proper study of mankind is Man.
Placed on ...
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Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is man
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Not always actions show the man; we find who does a kindness is not therefore kind.
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What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedi...
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As some to church repair, not for the doctrine, but the music there.
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Some valuing those of their own side or mind,
Still make themselves the measure of mankind:
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Men must be taught as if you taught them not,
And things unknown propos'd as things forgot.
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True Wit is Nature to advantage dress'd
What oft was thought, but ne'er so well express'd;
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Our judgments, like our watches, none
go just alike, yet each believes his own
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Who shall decide when doctors disagree, And soundest casuists doubt, like you and me?
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Learn from the beasts the physic of the field.
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Oh, sons of earth! attempt ye still to rise. By mountains pil'd on mountains to the skies? He...
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And all who told it added something new, and all who heard it, made enlargements too.
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Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
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And bear about the mockery of woe To midnight dances and the public show.
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The ruling passion, be it what it will, The ruling passion conquers reason still.
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To be, contents his natural desire, He asks no angel's wing, no seraph's fire; But thinks, adm...
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"An't it please your Honour," quoth the Peasant, "This same Desset is not so pleasant: Give me...
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To what base ends, and by what abject ways, Are mortals urg'd through sacred lust of praise!
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Solid pudding against empty praise.
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All Nature is but art unknown to thee; All chance direction, which thou canst not see; All dis...
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Love, well thou know'st no partnership allows, Cupid averse rejects divided vows.
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Love and life are for to-day.
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No creature smarts so little as a fool.
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The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
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To err is human; to forgive, divine. -Alexander Pope.
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One who is too wise an observer of the business of others, like one who is too curious in observing...
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Some positive persisting fops we know, Who, if once wrong, will needs be always so; But you wi...
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Men must be taught as if you taught them not, and things unknown proposed as things forgot.
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Nature and nature's laws lay hid in the night. God said, Let Newton be! and all was light!
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Nor public flame, nor private, dares to shine;
Nor human spark is left, nor glimpse divine!
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See the wild Waste of all-devouring years! How Rome her own sad Sepulchre appears, With noddin...
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'Tis use alone that sanctifies expense And splendor borrow all her rays from sense.
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What thin partitions sense from thought divide.
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But would you sing, and rival Orpheus' strain. The wond'ring forests soon should dance again; ...
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Where'er you walk cool gales shall fan the glade, Trees where you sit shall crowd into a shade. ...
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Statesman, yet friend to truth! of soul sincere, In action faithful, and in honour clear; Who...
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The hog that ploughs not, not obeys thy call, Lives on the labours of this lord of all.
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But see, Orion sheds unwholesome dews; Arise, the pines a noxious shade diffuse; Sharp Boreas ...
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No one should be ashamed to admit they are wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that they are...
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Happy the man whose wish and care a few paternal acres bound, content to breathe his native air in h...
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