|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Francis Bacon (15611626)|
|QUOTATION:||The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall. 1|
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.
Alexander Pope: Essay on Man, ep. i. line 125. [back]