Satire's my weapon, but I'm too discreet To run amuck, and tilt at all I meet.
Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)
Contributed by: Zaady
All seems infected that th' infected spy, As all looks yellow to the jaundic'd eye.
Source: Essay on Criticism. Part i. Line 558.
Trust not yourself, but your defects to know, make use of every friend and every foe.
A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
Source: see Jonathan Swift
Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, More a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.
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.
Source: Essay on Criticism. Part ii. Line 1.
Not to go back is somewhat to advance, and men must walk, at least, before they dance.
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.
Party-spirit, which at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.
Source: Letter to E. Blount, August 27, 1714
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