"Hope springs eternal in the human breast:
Man never is, but always to be blest.
The soul, uneasy and confined from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come."
An Essay on Man, Epistle i, Line 95
"In lazy apathy let stoics boast
Their virtue fix'd: 'tis fix'd as in a frost;
Contracted all, retiring to the breast;
But strength of mind is exercise, not rest."
Ibid, Epistle ii, Line 101
"In faith and hope the world will disagree,
But all mankind's concern is charity."
Ibid, Epistle iii, Line 203
"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."
Ibid, Epistle iv, Line 1
"Order is Heaven's first law."
Ibid, Epistle iv, Line 49
"A wit's a feather, and a chief a rod;
An honest man's the noblest work of God."
Ibid, Epistle iv, Line 247
"Truths would you teach, or save a sinking land?
All fear, none aid you, and few understand."
Ibid, Epistle iv, Line 261
"Know then this truth (enough for man to know),--
Virtue alone is happiness below."
Ibid, Epistle iv, Line 309
"Of all the causes which conspire to blind
Man's erring judgment, and misguide the mind;
What the weak head with strongest bias rules,--
Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools."
Essay on Criticism, Part ii, Line 1
"To err is human, to forgive divine."
Essay on Criticism, Part ii, Line 325
"While pensive poets painful vigils keep,
Sleepless themselves to give their readers sleep."
The Dunciad, Book i, Line 93
"Religion blushing, veils her sacred fires,
And unawares Morality expires.
Nor public flame nor private dares to shine;
Nor human spark is left, nor glimpse divine!
Lo! thy dread empire Chaos is restor'd,
Light dies before thy uncreating word;
Thy hand, great Anarch, lets the curtain fall,
And universal darkness buries all."
The Dunciad, Book iv, Line 649
"Curse on all laws but those which love has made!
Love, free as air at sight of human ties,
Spreads his light wings, and in a moment flies."
Eloisa to Abelard, Line 74
"Thou great First Cause, least understood."
The Universal Prayer, Stanza 2
"Teach me to feel another's woe,
To hide the fault I see;
That mercy I to others show,
That mercy show to me."
Ibid, Stanza 10
"So perish all, whose breast ne'er learn'd to glow
For others' good, or melt at others' woe."
To the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady, Line 45