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

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Alexander Pope. (1688–1744) (continued)
    Order is Heaven’s first law.
          Essay on Man. Epistle iv. Line 49.
    Reason’s whole pleasure, all the joys of sense,
Lie in three words,—health, peace, and competence.
          Essay on Man. Epistle iv. Line 79.
    The soul’s calm sunshine and the heartfelt joy.
          Essay on Man. Epistle iv. Line 168.
    Honour and shame from no condition rise;
Act well your part, there all the honour lies.
          Essay on Man. Epistle iv. Line 193.
    Worth makes the man, and want of it the fellow;
The rest is all but leather or prunello.
          Essay on Man. Epistle iv. Line 203.
    What can ennoble sots or slaves or cowards?
Alas! not all the blood of all the Howards.
          Essay on Man. Epistle iv. Line 215.
    A wit ’s a feather, and a chief a rod;
An honest man ’s the noblest work of God. 1
          Essay on Man. Epistle iv. Line 247.
    Plays round the head, but comes not to the heart.
One self-approving hour whole years outweighs
Of stupid starers and of loud huzzas;
And more true joy Marcellus exil’d feels
Than Cæsar with a senate at his heels.
In parts superior what advantage lies?
Tell (for you can) what is it to be wise?
’T is but to know how little can be known;
To see all others’ faults, and feel our own.
          Essay on Man. Epistle iv. Line 254.
    Truths would you teach, or save a sinking land?
All fear, none aid you, and few understand.
          Essay on Man. Epistle iv. Line 261.
    If parts allure thee, think how Bacon shin’d,
The wisest, brightest, meanest of mankind!
Or ravish’d with the whistling of a name, 2
See Cromwell, damn’d to everlasting fame! 3
          Essay on Man. Epistle iv. Line 281.
    Know then this truth (enough for man to know),—
“Virtue alone is happiness below.”
          Essay on Man. Epistle iv. Line 309.
Note 1.
See Fletcher, Quotation 3. [back]
Note 2.
See Cowley, Quotation 18. [back]
Note 3.
May see thee now, though late, redeem thy name,
And glorify what else is damn’d to fame.
Richard Savage: Character of Foster. [back]