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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Alexander Pope. (1688–1744) (continued)
    Ask where ’s the North? At York ’t is on the Tweed;
In Scotland at the Orcades; and there,
At Greenland, Zembla, or the Lord knows where.
          Essay on Man. Epistle ii. Line 222.
    Virtuous and vicious every man must be,—
Few in the extreme, but all in the degree.
          Essay on Man. Epistle ii. Line 231.
    Hope travels through, nor quits us when we die.
          Essay on Man. Epistle ii. Line 231.
    Behold the child, by Nature’s kindly law,
Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw;
Some livelier plaything gives his youth delight,
A little louder, but as empty quite;
Scarfs, garters, gold, amuse his riper stage,
And beads and prayer-books are the toys of age.
Pleased with this bauble still, as that before,
Till tired he sleeps, and life’s poor play is o’er.
          Essay on Man. Epistle ii. Line 274.
    While man exclaims, “See all things for my use!”
“See man for mine!” replies a pamper’d goose. 1
          Essay on Man. Epistle iii. Line 45.
    Learn of the little nautilus to sail,
Spread the thin oar, and catch the driving gale.
          Essay on Man. Epistle iii. Line 177.
    The enormous faith of many made for one.
          Essay on Man. Epistle iii. Line 242.
    For forms of government let fools contest;
Whate’er is best administer’d is best.
For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight;
His can’t be wrong whose life is in the right. 2
In faith and hope the world will disagree,
But all mankind’s concern is charity.
          Essay on Man. Epistle iii. Line 303.
    O happiness! our being’s end and aim!
Good, pleasure, ease, content! whate’er thy name:
That something still which prompts the eternal sigh,
For which we bear to live, or dare to die.
          Essay on Man. Epistle iv. Line 1.
Note 1.
Why may not a goose say thus?… there is nothing that yon heavenly roof looks upon so favourably as me; I am the darling of Nature. Is it not man that keeps and serves me?—Montaigne: Apology for Raimond Lebond. [back]
Note 2.
See Cowley, Quotation 4. [back]