Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Daily Dose

From Collected Poems, by Alexander Pope


"'T is a phrase absurd to call a villain great:
Who wickedly is wise, or madly brave,
Is but the more a fool, the more a knave.
Who noble ends by noble means obtains,
Or, failing, smiles in exile or in chains,
Like good Aurelius let him reign, or bleed
Like Socrates, that man is great indeed."

From the Essay on Man

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