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“What Reason weaves, by Passion is undone.”
Alexander Pope, Essay on Man and Other Poems
“Act well your part; there all the honour lies.”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
“Know then thyself, presume not God to scan,
The proper study of mankind is Man.
Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,
A being darkly wise and rudely great:
With too much knowledge for the Sceptic side,
With too much weakness for the Stoic's pride,
He hangs between, in doubt to act or rest;
In doubt to deem himself a God or Beast;
In doubt his mind or body to prefer;
Born but to die, and reas'ning but to err;
Alike in ignorance, his reason such,
Whether he thinks too little or too much;
Chaos of thought and passion, all confused;
Still by himself abused or disabused;
Created half to rise, and half to fall;
Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all;
Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurl'd;
The glory, jest, and riddle of the world!
Go, wondrous creature! mount where science guides,
Go, measure earth, weigh air, and state the tides;
Instruct the planets in what orbs to run,
Correct old time, and regulate the sun;
Go, soar with Plato to th’ empyreal sphere,
To the first good, first perfect, and first fair;
Or tread the mazy round his followers trod,
And quitting sense call imitating God;
As Eastern priests in giddy circles run,
And turn their heads to imitate the sun.
Go, teach Eternal Wisdom how to rule—
Then drop into thyself, and be a fool!”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
“Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never Is, but always To be blest.
The soul, uneasy, and confin'd from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
“Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame.”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
“All Nature is but art, unknown to thee
All chance, direction, which thou canst not see;
All discord, harmony not understood;
All partial evil, universal good.”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
“All nature is but art, unknown to thee;
All chance, direction, which thou canst not see;
All discord, harmony not understood;
All partial evil, universal good.
And, spite of pride, in erring reason's spite,
One truth is clear, 'Whatever is, is right.”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
“An honest man's the noblest work of God”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
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“Whatever is, is right.”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
“chaos of thought and passion, all confus'd.”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
“All forms that perish other forms supply,
(By turns we catch the vital breath and die)
Like bubbles on the sea of matter borne,
They rise, they break, and to that sea return.”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
“Order is heaven's first law.”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
“Remembrance and reflection how allied!
What thin partitions Sense from Thought divide!”
Alexander Pope, Essay on Man and Other Poems
“Go, wiser thou! and in thy scale of sense
Weigh thy Opinion against Providence;
Call Imperfection what thou fancy'st such,
Say, here he gives too little, there too much;
Destroy all creatures for thy sport or gust,(9)
Yet cry, If Man's unhappy, God's unjust;
If Man alone ingross not Heav'n's high care,
Alone made perfect here, immortal there:
Snatch from his hand the balance(10) and the rod,
Re-judge his justice, be the GOD of GOD!”
Alexander Pope, Essay on Man and Other Poems
“Who sees with equal eye, as God of all,
A hero perish, or a sparrow fall,
Atoms or systems into ruin hurled,
And now a bubble burst, and now a world.”
Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
“For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight, His can't be wrong whose life is in the right.”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
“. Cease then, nor ORDER Imperfection name:
Our proper bliss depends on what we blame.
Know thy own point: This kind, this due degree
Of blindness, weakness, Heav'n bestows on thee.
Submit -- In this, or any other sphere,
Secure to be as blest as thou canst bear:
Safe in the hand of one disposing Pow'r,
Or in the natal, or the mortal hour.
All Nature is but Art, unknown to thee;
All Chance, Direction, which thou canst not see;
All Discord, Harmony, not understood;
All partial Evil, universal Good:
And, spite of Pride, in erring Reason's spite,
One truth is clear, "Whatever IS, is RIGHT.”
Alexander Pope, Essay on Man and Other Poems
“Presumptuous Man! the reason wouldst thou find,
Why form'd so weak, so little, and so blind?
First, if thou canst, the harder reason guess,
Why form'd no weaker, blinder, and no less!
Ask of thy mother earth, why oaks are made
Taller or stronger than the weeds they shade?
Or ask of yonder argent fields above,
Why Jove's Satellites are less than Jove?”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
“The fool is happy that he knows no more”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
“Why charge we Heav'n in those, in these acquit?
In both, to reason right is to submit.”
Alexander Pope, Essay on Man and Other Poems
“Our proper bliss depends on what we blame.”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
“In pride, in reasoning pride, our error lies;
All quit their sphere and rush into the skies.
Pride still is aiming at the blest abodes,
Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell,
Aspiring to be angels, men rebel.”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man & Satires
tags: poetry
“Know then thyself; presume not God to scan,
The proper study of mankind is Man.
Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,
A being darkly wise and rudely great:
With too much knowledge for the Sceptic side,
And too much weakness for the Stoic's pride,
He hangs between; in doubt to act or rest;
In doubt to deem himself a God or Beast;
In doubt his mind or body to prefer;
Born but to die, and reas'ning but to err.
Alike in ignorance, his reason such,
Whether he thinks too little or too much.”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man & Satires
tags: essay, man
“Know, Nature’s children all divide her care; The fur that warms a monarch, warmed a bear. While man exclaims, “See all things for my use!” “See man for mine!” replies a pampered goose: And just as short of reason he must fall, Who thinks all made for one, not one for all.”
Alexander Pope, An Essay On Man
“What if the foot, ordained the dust to tread, Or hand, to toil, aspired to be the head? What if the head, the eye, or ear repined To serve mere engines to the ruling mind?”
Alexander Pope, An Essay On Man
“She sins with poets through pure love of wit”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
“Where, one step broken, the great scale’s destroyed: From Nature’s chain whatever link you strike,  Tenth or ten thousandth, breaks the chain alike. ”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
“And grant the bad what happiness they would / One they must want, which is to pass for good.”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
“But sometimes virtue starves, while vice is fed." / What then? Is the reward of virtue bread?”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
“All nature is but art, unknown to thee; All chance, direction, which thou canst not see; All discord, harmony not understood; All partial evil, universal good: And, spite of pride in erring reason’s spite, One truth is clear, whatever is, is right. ARGUMENT”
Alexander Pope, An Essay On Man

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