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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:3397
AUTHOR:Alexander Pope (1688–1744)
QUOTATION:In pride, in reasoning pride, our error lies;
All quit their sphere, and rush into the skies.
Pride still is aiming at the blest abodes:
Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell,
Aspiring to be angels, men rebel.
ATTRIBUTION:Essay on Man. Epistle i. Line 123.
 

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