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

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Alexander Pope. (1688–1744) (continued)
    Now night descending, the proud scene was o’er,
But lived in Settle’s numbers one day more.
          The Dunciad. Book i. Line 89.
    While pensive poets painful vigils keep,
Sleepless themselves to give their readers sleep.
          The Dunciad. Book i. Line 93.
    Next o’er his books his eyes begin to roll,
In pleasing memory of all he stole.
          The Dunciad. Book i. Line 127.
    Or where the pictures for the page atone,
And Quarles is sav’d by beauties not his own.
          The Dunciad. Book i. Line 139.
    How index-learning turns no student pale,
Yet holds the eel of science by the tail.
          The Dunciad. Book i. Line 279.
    And gentle Dulness ever loves a joke.
          The Dunciad. Book ii. Line 34.
    Another, yet the same. 1
          The Dunciad. Book iii. Line 90.
    Till Peter’s keys some christen’d Jove adorn,
And Pan to Moses lends his pagan horn.
          The Dunciad. Book iii. Line 109.
    All crowd, who foremost shall be damn’d to fame. 2
          The Dunciad. Book iii. Line 158.
    Silence, ye wolves! while Ralph to Cynthia howls,
And makes night hideous; 3 —answer him, ye owls!
          The Dunciad. Book iii. Line 165.
    And proud his mistress’ order to perform,
Rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm. 4
          The Dunciad. Book iii. Line 263.
    A wit with dunces, and a dunce with wits. 5
          The Dunciad. Book iv. Line 90.
Note 1.
Another, yet the same.—Thomas Tickell: From a Lady in England. Samuel Johnson: Life of Dryden. Darwin: Botanic Garden, part i. canto iv. line 380. William Wordsworth: The Excursion, Book ix. Sir Walter Scott: The Abbot, chap. i. Horace: carmen secundum, line 10. [back]
Note 2.
May see thee now, though late, redeem thy name,
And glorify what else is damn’d to fame.
Richard Savage: Character of Foster. [back]
Note 3.
See Shakespeare, Hamlet, Quotation 53. [back]
Note 4.
See Addison, Quotation 21. [back]
Note 5.
See Shakespeare, King Henry V, Quotation 31.

This man [Chesterfield], I thought, had been a lord among wits; but I find he is only a wit among lords.—Samuel Johnson (Boswell’s Life): vol. ii. ch. i.

A fool with judges, amongst fools a judge.—William Cowper: Conversation, line 298.

Although too much of a soldier among sovereigns, no one could claim with better right to be a sovereign among soldiers.—Sir Walter Scott: Life of Napoleon.

He [Steele] was a rake among scholars, and a scholar among rakes.—Thomas B. Macaulay: Review of Aikin’s Life of Addison.

Temple was a man of the world among men of letters, a man of letters among men of the world.—Thomas B. Macaulay: Review of Life and Writings of Sir William Temple.

Greswell in his “Memoirs of Politian” says that Sannazarius himself, inscribing to this lady [Cassandra Marchesia] an edition of his Italian Poems, terms her “delle belle eruditissima, delle erudite bellissima” (most learned of the fair; fairest of the learned).

Qui stultis videri eruditi volunt stulti eruditis videntur (Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish).—Quintilian, x. 7. 22. [back]