One who is too wise an observer of the business of others, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.


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To Kerke the narre, from God more farre.
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Ask you what provocation I have had? The strong antipathy of good to bad.
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Accept a miracle; instead of wit,-- See two dull lines by Stanhope's pencil writ.
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Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
ALEXANDER POPE
Pleas'd to the last he crops the flowery food, And licks the hand just rais'd to shed his blood.
ALEXANDER POPE
One who is too wise an observer of the business of others, like one who is too curious in observing...
ALEXANDER POPE
The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains that ...
ALEXANDER POPE
Judges and senates have been bought for gold; Esteem and love were never to be sold.
ALEXANDER POPE
Alas! the small discredit of a bribe Scarce hurts the lawyer, but undoes the scribe.
ALEXANDER POPE
How glowing guilt exalts the keen delight!
ALEXANDER POPE
Obliged by hunger and request of friends.
ALEXANDER POPE
Like Cato, give his little senate laws, And sit attentive to his own applause.
ALEXANDER POPE
The hungry judges soon the sentence sign, And wretches hang that jurymen may dine.
ALEXANDER POPE
What beck'ning ghost along the moonlight shade Invites my steps, and points to yonder glade?
ALEXANDER POPE
Soft o'er the shrouds aerial whispers breathe, That seemed but zephyrs to the train beneath.
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And soften'd sounds along the waters die: Smooth flow the waves, the zephyrs gently play.
ALEXANDER POPE
Lull'd by soft zephyrs thro' the broken pane.
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Soft is the strain when zephyr gently blows.
ALEXANDER POPE
The balmy zephyrs, silent since her death, Lament the ceasing of a sweeter breath.
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I have more zeal than wit.
ALEXANDER POPE
Zeal then, not charity, became the guide.
ALEXANDER POPE
The doubtful beam long nods from side to side.
ALEXANDER POPE
Not chaos-like together crush'd and bruis'd, But, as the world, harmoniously confused: Where o...
ALEXANDER POPE
Order is Heaven's first law; and this confess, Some are and must be greater than the rest.
ALEXANDER POPE
For fools admire, but me of sense approve.
ALEXANDER POPE
Blessed is he who expects nothing for he shall never be disappointed.
ALEXANDER POPE
At length corruption, like a general flood (So long by watchful ministers withstood), Shall de...
ALEXANDER POPE
You purchase pain with all that joy can give, And die of nothing but a rage to live.
ALEXANDER POPE
One who is too wise an observer of the business of others, like one who is too curious in observing...
ALEXANDER POPE
Worth makes the man, and want of it the fellow; The rest is all but leather and prunello.
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Fine by defect, and delicately weak.
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Heaven forming each on other to depend, A master, or a servant, or a friend, Bids each on othe...
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