Alexander Pope quote about pride from An Essay on Man - The pride of aiming at more knowledge, and pretending to more Perfection, the cause of Man's error and misery.
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The pride of aiming at more knowledge, and pretending to more Perfection, the cause of Man's error and misery.
 Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1734). copy citation

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Author Alexander Pope
Source An Essay on Man
Topic pride misery perfection
Date 1734
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2428/2428-h/2428-h.htm

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“That Man is not to be deemed imperfect, but a being suited to his place and rank in the Creation, agreeable to the general Order of Things, and conformable to Ends and Relations to him unknown, v.35, etc. III. That it is partly upon his ignorance of future events, and partly upon the hope of future state, that all his happiness in the present depends, v.77, etc. IV. The pride of aiming at more knowledge, and pretending to more Perfection, the cause of Man's error and misery. The impiety of putting himself in the place of God, and judging of the fitness or unfitness, perfection or imperfection, justice or injustice of His dispensations, v.109, etc. V. The absurdity of conceiting himself the final cause of the Creation, or expecting that perfection in the moral world, which is not in the natural, v.131, etc.” source

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