An atheist is but a mad, ridiculous derider of piety, but a hypocrite makes a sober jest of God and religion; he finds it easier to be upon his knees than to rise to a good action.
Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)
Contributed by: Zaady
Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
Source: An Essay on Criticism, 1711, 1. 135
Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll; charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
Fair tresses man's imperial race insnare, And beauty draws us with a single hair.
Source: The Rape of the Lock. Canto ii. Line 27.
'Tis not a lip, or eye, we beauty call, But the joint force and full result of all.
Source: Essay on Criticism. Part i. Line 45.
Fools admire, but men of sense approve.
When men grow virtuous in their old age, they only make a sacrifice to God of the devil's leavings.
Source: Thoughts on Various Subjects
Ambition first sprung from your blest abodes; The glorious fault of Angels and of Gods.
Source: Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady, 1717
Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
Awake, my St. John! leave all meaner things To low ambition and the pride of kings. Let us (since life can little more supply Than just to look about us, and to die) Expatiate free o'er all this scene of man; A mighty maze! but not without a plan.
Source: Essay on Man. Epistle i. Line 1.
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