|Say first, of God above or man below,
What can we reason but from what we know?
—Essay on Man. Epistle i. Line 17-18.’T is but a part we see, and not a whole.
—Essay on Man. Epistle i. Line 60.
Heaven from all creatures hides the book of Fate,
Hope springs eternal in the human breast.
In pride, in reasoning pride, our error lies.
Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
All nature is but art, unknown to thee;
Know then thyself, presume not God to scan;
In faith and hope the world will disagree,
Reason’s whole pleasure, all the joys of sense,
Honour and shame from no condition rise;
An honest man’s the noblest work of God.
Tell (for you can) what is it to be wise?
Know then this truth (enough for man to know),—
Whether the charmer sinner it or saint it,
Men, some to business, some to pleasure take;
Woman’s at best a contradiction still.
The ruling passion, be it what it will,
Good sense, which only is the gift of Heaven,
‘T is with our judgments as our watches,—none
Pride, the never-failing vice of fools.
A little learning is a dangerous thing.
Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see,
True wit is Nature to advantage dress’d,
Words are like leaves; and where they most abound,
True ease in writing comes from art, not chance,
To err is human, to forgive divine.
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
The hungry judges soon the sentence sign,
Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
It is not poetry, but prose run mad.
Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame.
Authors, like coins, grow dear as they grow old.
E’en copious Dryden wanted or forgot
Nature and Nature’s laws lay hid in night:
Curse on all laws but those which love has made!
Nor Fame I slight, nor for her favours call;
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Alexander Pope quotes
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