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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Alexander Pope. (1688–1744) (continued)
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.
          Essay on Man. Epistle i. Line 123.
    Seas roll to waft me, suns to light me rise;
My footstool earth, my canopy the skies. 1
          Essay on Man. Epistle i. Line 139.
    Why has not man a microscopic eye?
For this plain reason,—man is not a fly.
          Essay on Man. Epistle i. Line 193.
    Die of a rose in aromatic pain.
          Essay on Man. Epistle i. Line 200.
    The spider’s touch, how exquisitely fine!
Feels at each thread, and lives along the line. 2
          Essay on Man. Epistle i. Line 217.
    Remembrance and reflection how allied!
What thin partitions sense from thought divide! 3
          Essay on Man. Epistle i. Line 225.
    All are but parts of one stupendous whole,
Whose body Nature is, and God the soul.
          Essay on Man. Epistle i. Line 267.
    Warms in the sun, refreshes in the breeze,
Glows in the stars, and blossoms in the trees.
          Essay on Man. Epistle i. Line 271.
    As full, as perfect, in vile man that mourns
As the rapt seraph that adores and burns:
To Him no high, no low, no great, no small; 4
He fills, he bounds, connects, and equals all!
          Essay on Man. Epistle i. Line 277.
    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. 5
          Essay on Man. Epistle i. Line 289.
Note 1.
All the parts of the universe I have an interest in: the earth serves me to walk upon; the sun to light me; the stars have their influence upon me.—Montaigne: Apology for Raimond Sebond. [back]
Note 2.
See Sir John Davies, Quotation 1. [back]
Note 3.
See Dryden, Quotation 5. [back]
Note 4.
There is no great and no small.—Ralph Waldo Emerson: Epigraph to History. [back]
Note 5.
See Dryden, Quotation 91. [back]