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Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night:
God said, "Let Newton be!" and all was light.
- Epitaph Intended for Sir Isaac Newton
[Epitaphs : Light]
To this sad shrine, whoe'er thou art! draw near!
Here lies the friend most lov'd, the son most dear;
Who ne'er knew joy but friendship might divide,
Or gave his father grief but when he died.
- Epitaph on Harcourt [Epitaphs]
Calmly he looked on either Life, and here
Saw nothing to regret, or there to fear:
From Nature's temp'rate feast rose satisfy'd,
Thank'd Heaven that he had lived, and that he died.
- Epitaph X [Epitaphs]
Of Manners gentle, of Affections mild;
In Wit a Man: Simplicity, a child.
- Epitaph XI [Character]
Authors are partial to their wit, 'tis true
But are not critics to their judgment too?
- Essay of Criticism (l. 17) [Authorship]
Trust not yourself; but your defects to know,
Make use of ev'ry friend--and ev'ry foe.
- Essay of Criticism (l. 214) [Friends]
So modest plainness sets off sprightly wit,
For works may have more wit than does 'em good,
As bodies perish through excess blood.
- Essay of Criticism (l. 302) [Wit]
True ease in writing comes from art, not chance,
As those move easiest who have learn'd to dance.
- Essay of Criticism (l. 362),
also Epistles of Horace at II, 178
One science only will one genius fit,
So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
- Essay of Criticism (pt. I, l. 60)
[Proverbs : Science]
Such labour'd nothings, in so strange a style.
Amaze th' learn'd, and make the learned smile.
- Essay of Criticism (pt. II, l. 126)
To err is human, to forgive, divine.
- Essay on Criticism [Forgiveness : Proverbs]
'Tis hard to say if greater want of skill
Appear in writing or in judging ill;
But, of the two less dang'rous is th' offence
To tire our patience than mislead our sense.
- Essay on Criticism (l. 1) [Authorship]
So modern 'pothecaries, taught the art
By doctor's bills to play the doctor's part,
Bold in the practice of mistaken rules,
Prescribe, apply, and call their masters fools.
- Essay on Criticism (l. 108) [Medicine]
Music resembles poetry: in each
Are nameless graces which no methods teach
And which a master-hand alone can reach.
- Essay on Criticism (l. 143) [Music]
From vulgar bounds with brave disorder part,
And snatch a grace beyond the reach of art.
- Essay on Criticism (l. 152) [Grace]
What the weak head with strongest bias rules,
Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools.
- Essay on Criticism (l. 203) [Pride]
Poets like painters, thus unskill'd to trace
The naked nature and the living grace,
With gold and jewels cover every part,
And hide with ornaments their want of art.
- Essay on Criticism (l. 293) [Poets]
Words are like leaves; and where they most abound,
Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found.
- Essay on Criticism (l. 309) [Words]
Expression is the dress of thought, and still
Appears more decent as more suitable;
A vile conceit in pompous words express'd,
Is like a clown in regal purple dress'd.
- Essay on Criticism (l. 318) [Style]
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.
- Essay on Criticism (l. 333) [Words]
As some to church repair,
Not for the doctrine, but the music there.
- Essay on Criticism (l. 343) [Music]
The sound must seem an echo to the sense.
- Essay on Criticism (l. 365) [Sound]
Avoid Extremes; and shun the fault of such
Who still are pleas'd too little or too much.
- Essay on Criticism (l. 385) [Extremes]
At every trifle scorn to take offence;
That always shows great pride or little sense.
- Essay on Criticism (l. 386) [Trifles]
For fools admire, but me of sense approve.
- Essay on Criticism (l. 391) [Admiration]
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