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How the wit brightens! how the style refines!
- Essay on Criticism (l. 421) [Wit]
If faith itself has different dresses worn,
What wonder modes in wit should take their turn?
- Essay on Criticism (l. 446) [Wit]
To what base ends, and by what abject ways,
Are mortals urg'd through sacred lust of praise!
- Essay on Criticism (l. 520) [Praise]
Good-nature and good-sense must ever join;
To err is human, to forgive, divine.
- Essay on Criticism (l. 522) [Forgiveness]
All seems infected that the infected spy,
As all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye.
- Essay on Criticism (l. 568) [Suspicion]
Be niggards of advice on no pretense;
For the worst avarice is that of sense.
- Essay on Criticism (l. 578) [Advice]
Fear not the anger of the wise to raise;
Those best can fear reproof who merit praise.
- Essay on Criticism (l. 582) [Anger]
The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read,
With loads of learned lumber in his head.
- Essay on Criticism (l. 612) [Stupidity]
With him most authors steal their works, or buy;
Garth did not write his own Dispensary.
- Essay on Criticism (l. 618) [Plagiarism]
For wit and judgment often are at strife,
Though meant each other's aid, like man and wife.
- Essay on Criticism (l. 82) [Wit]
'Tis with our judgments as our watches, none
Go just alike, yet each believes his own.
- Essay on Criticism (l. 9) [Judgment]
The generous Critic fann'd the Poet's fire,
And taught the world with reason to admire.
- Essay on Criticism (pt. I, l. 100)
Those oft are stratagems which errors seem,
Nor is it Homer nods, but we that dream.
- Essay on Criticism (pt. I, l. 177)
So by false learning is food sense defac'd;
Some are bewilder'd in the maze of schools,
And some made coxcombs Nature meant but fools.
- Essay on Criticism (pt. I, l. 25) [Folly]
Ten censure wrong for one who writes amiss.
- Essay on Criticism (pt. I, l. 6)
The line too labours, and the words move slow.
- Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 171)
Some praise at morning what they blame at night,
But always think the last opinion right.
- Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 230)
A perfect Judge will read each work of Wit
With the same spirit that its author writ:
Survey the Whole, nor seek slight faults to find
Where nature moves, and rapture warms the mind.
- Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 235)
In every work regard the writer's End,
Since none can compass more than they intend;
And if the means be just, the conduct true,
Applause, in spite of trivial faults, is due.
- Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 255)
[Authorship : Criticism]
Envy will merit as its shade pursue,
But like a shadow, proves the substance true.
- Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 266)
[Envy : Proverbs]
Hills peep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise.
- Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 32)
Be not the first by whom the new are tried,
Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
- Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 336)
[Criticism : Fidelity]
Soft is the strain when zephyr gently blows.
- Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 366)
What woful stuff this madrigal would be
In some starv'd hackney sonneteer or me!
But let a lord once own the happy lines,
How the Wit brightens! how the Style refines!
- Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 418)
[Music : Poetry]
We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow;
Our wiser sons, no doubt, will think us so.
- Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 438)
[Folly : Youth]
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