John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.
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Above any Greek or Roman name. 1
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And threatning France, placd like a painted Jove, Kept idle thunder in his lifted hand.
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Whateer he did was done with so much ease, In him alone t was natural to please.
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A fiery soul, which, working out its way, Fretted the pygmy-body to decay, And oer-informd the tenement of clay. 2 A daring pilot in extremity; Pleasd with the danger, when the waves went high He sought the storms.
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Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide. 3
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And all to leave what with his toil he won To that unfeatherd two-legged thing, a son.
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Resolvd to ruin or to rule the state.
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And heaven had wanted one immortal song.
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But wild Ambition loves to slide, not stand, And Fortunes ice prefers to Virtues land. 4
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Note 1. Above all Greek, above all Roman fame. Alexander Pope: epistle i. book ii. line 26. [ back] Note 2. See Fuller, Quotation 2. [ back] Note 3. No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.Aristotle: Problem, sect. 30. Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiæ (There is no great genius without a tincture of madness). Seneca: De Tranquillitate Animi, 15. What thin partitions sense from thought divide! Alexander Pope: Essay on Man, epistle i. line 226. [ back]
Note 4. Greatnesse on Goodnesse loves to slide, not stand, And leaves, for Fortunes ice, Vertues ferme land. Knolles: History (under a portrait of Mustapha I.) [ back]