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Alexander Pope
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"Be thou the first true merit to befriend, his praise is lost who stays till all commend."

"Next o'er his books his eyes began to roll,
In pleasing memory of all he stole."
 
"A perfect judge will read each work of wit.
With the same spirit that its author writ."
 
"Be thou the first true merit to befriend, his praise is lost who stays till all commend."
 
"True ease in writing comes from art, not chance."
 
"Words are like leaves; and where they most abound, much fruit of sense is rarely found."
 
"An atheist is but a mad, ridiculous derider of piety, but a hypocrite makes a sober jest of God and religion; he finds it easier to be upon his knees than to rise to a good action."
 
"Genuine religion is not so much a matter of feeling as a matter of principle."
 
"Know then thyself; presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is man."
- An Essay on Man
 
"To err is human, to forgive divine."
 
"There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience."
 
"Here am I, dying of a hundred good symptoms."
- On his deathbed
 
"Hope springs eternal in the human breast."
 
"A little learning is a dangerous thing."
 
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