Not to go back is somewhat to advance, and men must walk, at least, before they dance.
Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)
Contributed by: Zaady
Yes, I am proud; I must be proud to see Men not afraid of God, afraid of me.
Source: On Paradise Lost
Some to church repair, Not for the doctrine, but the music there. These equal syllables alone require, Though oft the ear the open vowels tire; While expletives their feeble aid to join, And ten low words oft creep in one dull line.
Source: Essay on Criticism. Part ii. Line 142.
Oh name forever sad! forever dear! Still breathed in sighs, still ushered with a tear.
Source: Eloisa to Abelard, 1717
You purchase pain with all that joy can give, And die of nothing but a rage to live.
The fate of all extremes is such Men may be read, as well as books, too much. To observations which ourselves we make, We grow more partial for th' observer's sake.
Source: Moral Essays, 1720-1735, Epistle I, To Lord Cobham, 1734
And love the offender, yet detest the offence.
Source: Eloisa to Abelard, line 192.
At ev'ry trifle scorn to take offense.
Source: An Essay on Criticism, 1711, 1. 186
One thought of thee puts all the pomp to flight, Priests, tapers, temples, swim before my sight.
Fire in each eye and papers in each hand, They rave, recite, and madden round the land.
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