|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|Alexander Pope. (16881744) (continued)|
| Know then thyself, presume not God to scan;|
The proper study of mankind is man. 1
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| Chaos of thought and passion, all confused;|
Still by himself abused or disabused;
Created half to rise, and half to fall;
Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all;
Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurled,
The glory, jest, and riddle of the world. 2
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| Fixd like a plant on his peculiar spot,|
To draw nutrition, propagate, and rot.
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| In lazy apathy let stoics boast|
Their virtue fixd: t is fixd as in a frost;
Contracted all, retiring to the breast;
But strength of mind is exercise, not rest.
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| On lifes vast ocean diversely we sail,|
Reason the card, but passion is the gale.
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| And hence one master-passion in the breast,|
Like Aarons serpent, swallows up the rest.
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| The young disease, that must subdue at length,|
Grows with his growth, and strengthens with his strength.
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| Extremes in nature equal ends produce;|
In man they join to some mysterious use.
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| Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,|
As to be hated needs but to be seen; 3
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.
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La vray science et le vray étude de lhomme cest lhomme (The true science and the true study of man is man).Charron: De la Sagesse, lib. i. chap. 1.
Trees and fields tell me nothing: men are my teachers.Plato: Phædrus. [back]
What a chimera, then, is man! what a novelty, what a monster, what a chaos, what a subject of contradiction, what a prodigy! A judge of all things, feeble worm of the earth, depositary of the truth, cloaca of uncertainty and error, the glory and the shame of the universe.Blaise Pascal: Thoughts, chap. x. [back]
See Dryden, Quotation 23. [back]