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An honest man's the noblest work of God.
- Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 247) [Honesty : Man]
All fame is foreign, but of true desert;
Plays round the head, but comes not to the heart:
One self approving hour whole years out-weighs
Of stupid starers, and of loud huzzas;
And more true joy Marcellus exil'd feels,
Than Caesar with a senate at his heels.
- Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 253)
[Conscience : Self-examination]
Tell (for you can) what is it to be wise?
'Tis but to know how little can be known,
To see all other's faults, and feel our own.
- Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 260) [Wisdom]
Truths would you teach, or save a sinking land?
All fear, none aid you, and few understand.
- Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 264) [Help]
If parts allure thee, think how Bacon shin'd,
The wisest, brightest, meanest of mankind:
Or, ravish'd with the whistling of a name,
See Cromwell, damn'd to everlasting fame.
- Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 281) [Fame]
Know then this truth (enough for man to know)
"Virtue alone is happiness below."
- Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 309) [Virtue]
Never elated while one man's oppress'd;
Never dejected while another's blessed.
- Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 323) [Sympathy]
Slave to no sect, who takes no private road,
But looks through nature up to nature's God.
- Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 330) [God : Nature]
Form'd by thy converse, happily steer
From grave to gay, from lively to severe.
- Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 379)
Thou wert my guide, philosopher, and friend.
- Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 390) [Influence]
That virtue only makes our bliss below,
And all our knowledge is ourselves to know.
- Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 397) [Knowledge]
Order is Heaven's first law; and this confess,
Some are and must be greater than the rest.
- Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 49) [Order]
Heaven to mankind impartial we confess,
If all are equal in their happiness;
But equal wants this happiness increase,
All nature's difference keeps all nature's peace.
- Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 53) [Happiness]
Condition, circumstance, is not the thing;
Bliss is the same in subject or in king.
- Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 57)
[Bliss : Circumstance]
Oh, sons of earth! attempt ye still to rise.
By mountains pil'd on mountains to the skies?
Heav'n still with laughter the vain toil surveys,
And buries madmen in the heaps they raise.
- Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 74) [Ambition]
Reason's whole pleasure, all the joys of sense,
Lie in three words,--health, peace, and competence.
- Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 79) [Pleasure]
As the small pebble stirs the peaceful lake;
The centre mov'd, a circle straight succeeds,
Another still, and still another spreads.
- Essay on Man (ep. IV, l.364) [Circles]
Health consists with Temperance alone.
- Essay on Man (ep. IV, l.81) [Health]
Worth makes the man, and want of it the fellow;
The rest is all but leather and prunello.
- Essay on Man (epistle IV, 203) [Worth]
Or ask of yonder argent fields above
Why Jove's satellites are less than Jove.
- Essay on Man (I, 42) [Gods]
A little learning is a dangerous thing;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring;
Their shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again.
- Essay--On Criticism (l. 215) [Learning]
'Tis not a lip, or eye, we beauty call,
But the joint force and full result of all.
- Essay--On Criticism (pt. II, l. 45)
Farewell then, verse, and love, and ev'ry toy,
The rhymes and rattles of the man or boy;
What right, what true, what fit we justly call,
Let this be al my care--for this is all.
- First Book of Horace (ep. I, l. 17)
Why will you break the Sabbath of my days?
Now sick alike of Envy and of Praise.
- First Book of Horace (ep. I, l. 3) [Age]
But to the world no bugbear is so great,
As want of figure and a small estate.
- First Book of Horace (ep. I, l. 67)
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