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

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Alexander Pope. (1688–1744) (continued)
    Statesman, yet friend to truth! of soul sincere,
In action faithful, and in honour clear;
Who broke no promise, serv’d no private end,
Who gain’d no title, and who lost no friend.
          Epistle to Mr. Addison. Line 67.
    ’T is with our judgments as our watches,—none
Go just alike, yet each believes his own. 1
          Essay on Criticism. Part i. Line 9.
    One science only will one genius fit:
So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
          Essay on Criticism. Part i. Line 60.
    From vulgar bounds with brave disorder part,
And snatch a grace beyond the reach of art.
          Essay on Criticism. Part i. Line 152.
    Those oft are stratagems which errors seem,
Nor is it Homer nods, but we that dream. 2
          Essay on Criticism. Part i. Line 177.
    Of all the causes which conspire to blind
Man’s erring judgment, and misguide the mind;
What the weak head with strongest bias rules,—
Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools.
          Essay on Criticism. Part ii. Line 1.
    A little learning is a dangerous thing; 3
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again.
          Essay on Criticism. Part ii. Line 15.
    Hills peep o’er hills, and Alps on Alps arise!
          Essay on Criticism. Part ii. Line 32.
    Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see,
Thinks what ne’er was, nor is, nor e’er shall be. 4
          Essay on Criticism. Part ii. Line 53.
    True wit is Nature to advantage dress’d,
What oft was thought, but ne’er so well express’d.
          Essay on Criticism. Part ii. Line 97.
    Words are like leaves; and where they most abound,
Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found.
          Essay on Criticism. Part ii. Line 109.
Note 1.
See Suckling, Quotation 7. [back]
Note 2.
Quandoque bonus dormitat Homerus (Even the worthy Homer some times nods).—Horace: De Arte Poetica, 359. [back]
Note 3.
See Bacon, Quotation 18. [back]
Note 4.
See Suckling, Quotation 10. [back]