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ALEXANDER POPE
English poet and critic
(1688 - 1744)
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Thus when we view some well-proportion'd dome, . . . .
  No single parts unequally surprise,
    All comes united to th' admiring eyes.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 47)
        [Architecture]

Ah, ne'er so dire a thirst of glory boast,
  Nor in the Critic let the Man be lost.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 522)
        [Criticism]

Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see,
  Thinks what ne'er was, nor is, nor e'er shall be.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 53)
        [Perfection]

True wit is nature to advantage dress'd,
  What oft was thought, but ne'er so well expressed.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 97) [Wit]

Nor suffers Horace more in wrong translations
  By wits, than critics in as wrong quotations.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. III, l. 104)
        [Quotations]

'Tis not enough your counsel still be true;
  Blunt truths more mischief than nice falsehoods do.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. III, l. 13)
        [Truth]

Men must be taught as if you taught them not,
  And things unknown propos'd as things forgot.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. III, l. 15)
        [Teaching]

The learn'd reflect on what before they knew.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. III, l. 180)
        [Reflection]

For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. III, l. 66)
        [Folly]

Led by the light of the Maeonian star.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. III, l. 89)
        [Stars]

Some positive persisting fops we know,
  Who, if once wrong, will needs be always so;
    But you with pleasure own your errors past,
      And make each day a critique on the last.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. III, l. 9) [Error]

A needless Alexandrine ends the song,
  That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along.
      - Essay on Criticism pt. II, l. 156 [Poetry]

Heaven from all creatures hides the book of fate.
      - Essay on Man (ep. 1, l. 77) [Fate]

Zeal then, not charity, became the guide.
      - Essay on Man (ep. 111, l. 261) [Zeal]

Say, shall my little bark attendant sail,
  Pursue the triumph, and partake the gale?
      - Essay on Man (ep. 4, l. 385) [Success]

In the nice bee, what sense so subtly true
  From pois'nous herbs extracts the healing dew?
      - Essay on Man (ep. I, 219) [Bees]

Let us (since life can little more supply
  Than just to look about us and to die)
    Expatiate free o'er all this scene of man;
      A might maze! but not without a plan.
      - Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 1) [Life]

To be, contents his natural desire,
  He asks no angel's wing, no seraph's fire;
    But thinks, admitted to that equal sky,
      His faithful dog shall bear him company.
        Go wiser thou! and in thy scale of sense
          Weigh thy opinion against Providence.
      - Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 109) [Dogs]

Destroy all creatures for thy sport or gust,
  Yet cry, if man's unhappy, God's unjust.
      - Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 117) [Providence]

In pride, in reas'ning pride, our error lies;
  All quit their sphere and rush into the skies.
    Pride still is aiming at the bless'd abodes,
      Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
      - Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 124) [Pride]

Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
      - Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 126)
        [Angels : Proverbs]

Eye nature's walks, shoot folly as it flies,
  And catch the manners, living as they rise;
    Laugh where we must, be candid where we can,
      But vindicate the ways of God to man.
      - Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 13)
        [Manners : Nature]

Seas roll to waft me, suns to light me rise;
  My footstool Earth, my canopy the skies.
      - Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 139) [Nature]

Laugh where we must, be candid where we can,
  But vindicate the ways of God to man.
      - Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 15) [God]

Who know but He, whose hand the lightning forms,
  Who heaves old ocean, and who wings the storms,
    Pours fierce ambition in a Caesar's mind.
      - Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 157) [Ambition]


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