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Alexander Pope

1688-1744. English poet and satirist.

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A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring; There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain; And drinking largely sobers us again.

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Die and endow a college or a cat.

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Sure of their qualities and demanding praise, more go to ruined fortunes than are raised.

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And all who told it added something new, and all who heard it, made enlargements too.

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What's fame? a fancy'd life in other's breath. A thing beyond us, even before our death.

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Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread.

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Good God! how often are we to die before we go quite off this stage? In every friend we lose a part of ourselves, and the best part.

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Education forms the common mind. Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined.

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Why has not man a microscopic eye? For the plain reason man is not a fly.

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Be not the first by which a new thing is tried, or the last to lay the old aside.

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