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Men may live fools, but fools they cannot die.
By night an atheist half believes a God.
Less base the fear of death than fear of life;
An island, in thy manners, far disjoin'd
From the whole world of rationals beside!
If wanting worth, are shining instruments
Illustrious, and give infamy renown.
Night vi. Lines 273-276.
Virtue alone outbuilds the Pyramids;
Her monuments shall last, when Egypt's fall.
Lines 314, 315.
If a man loses all when life is lost,
Of all earth's madmen, most deserves a chain.
An undevout astronomer is mad.
Retire; the world shut out; thy thoughts call home; Imagination's airy wing repress. Lines 1440, 1441.
The love of praise, howe'er conceal'd by art,
The man who builds, and wants wherewith to pay,
Ibid. Lines 171, 172.
Be wise with speed;
A fool at forty is a fool indeed.
Satire II. Lines 282, 283.
One to destroy, is murder by the law;
*"One murder made a villain,
Millions a hero."
See Quotations from Bishop Porteus.
How commentators each dark
Lines 97, 98.
And hold their farthing candle to the sun.
The Love of Fame.
Though man sits still and takes his ease;
God is at work on man;
No means, no moment unemploy'd,
To bless him, if he can.
Resignation. Part 1.
Their feet, through faithless leather, meet the dirt,
Epistle 1. to Pope. Lines 277, 278.
Souls made of fire, and children of the sun,
With whom revenge is virtue,
Tragedy of the Revenge. Act v.
A lion preys not upon carcasses.
* Oh rather give me commentators plain,
the Parish Register. Lines 89-92.
This restless world
Is full of chances, which by habit's power
Act of Preserving Health.
Book 2. Lines 474-476.
'Tis not for mortals always to be blest.
Ibid. Book 4. Line 260.
Thus, in his graver vein, the friendly sage,
Sometimes declaimed. Of right and wrong he taught
Truths as refin'd as ever Athens heard;
Through the sequester'd vale of rural life,
The tenor of his way.*
One murder made a villain,
Millions a hero.t
Princes were privileg'd
To kill, and numbers sanctified the crime.
Ah! why will kings forget that they are men,
* "Along the cool sequester'd vale of life
See Quotations from Gray.
† A similar idea is conveyed in Young, "The Love of Fame," satire vii. lines 55-58.-See Quotations from Young.