In a note Voltaire did deign to exclude Confucius from this impur amas d'imposteurs odieux, since he s’en est tenu à la religion naturelle. Some of Greatest lines - -"Two principles in human nature reign; Self-love, to urge, andreason, to restrain; Nor this a good, nor that a bad we call, Eachworks its end, to move or govern all: And to their proper operati What an exquisite philosophical poetry ! Some of Greatest lines - -"Two principles in human nature reign; Self-love, to urge, andreason, to restrain; Nor this a good, nor that a bad we call, Eachworks its end, to move or govern all: And to their proper operationstill Ascribe all Good, to their imprope" "Oh fool!
Elsewhere, Voltaire writes quite positively about Chinese culture (like many European free thinkers from the 16th through the 18th centuries such as Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Christian Wolff, he valued Chinese government and ethics above their European counterparts).(***) For other authors of the age, "reason" refers to this universal set of gifts. to think God hates the worthy mind, The lover and the love of human-kind, Whose life is healthful, and whose conscience clear, Because he wants a thousand pounds a year.
The various components of An Essay On Man appeared scattered through the years 1732-1734.
Together, they constituted only the first part of a much larger project, one which Pope's lifelong poor health did not permit to be realized.
The greatest poet genius of his day, he perfected the heroic couplet, which is still in use today.
Because of a spinal deformity from childhood, he was only 4'6" tall.John, and to him he states in all aptness that to be without God that you are lower than life itself, and to be with God you are above all things but God.And the only way to spread this upon people is by it upon them. If Pope wishes to state that Man cannot be without God or vice versa, then fine, but, if he asks those to ask of Mother Earth a question, would that not play into Wicca? Would that not be Pope contradicting what he is stating here in the end? I feel in this line 'Yet serves to second too some other use.' 'too' is 'to' unless used in the manner of 'as well' then, um, nevermind.I like how he ended this piece, tho, the overality of the piece, I tend not to contend with, or even somewhat agree with, it does hold an underlining truth.That, as he says in the end, 'And, spite of pride, in erring reason's spite, One truth is clear, Whatever is, is right.' And he states 'Whatever' not 'One truth is clear, God is, is right.' he doesn't say that, but, it is in his soul.There are further elements of the then contemporary intellectual atmosphere, such as the Great Chain of Being, which play important roles in this striking text, but my review is already long and I want Pope to come to word again in this passage on the peculiar position of Mankind in the order of things.Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of Mankind is Man.This is an excellent piece, if I could applaud this I would, I think when I last commented on this, that I didn't really read it, I just said 'I disagree' and that's it.Well writ piece, excellent indeed, he has a rhythm in his verse that is perfect, and mobile. Each beast, each insect, happy in its own: Is Heav'n unkind to man, and man alone?I like these lines out of the context of the piece: . The next part gives me the impression as to where man created gods to only destroy them and to be like the angel who want to be gods. I don't know, maybe I read too much into that, probably did. In parts V and VI it seems to be that he is just stating what some perceive it states in the Holy Bible as to what is of Nature is for Man to do with as he please, but, what of Nature can do to man or what not. But, it also, I feel he is saying in those parts, that since Man is not a 'fly' then he shouldn't want to have wings, or something of that accord.Sounds a bit pathetic on Pope's part, I'd figure he was more intelligent than that. From what I get from the last part of where I quoted that, I feel Pope is stating that the Christian knows not of wealth in a sinly manner yet the does. Probably a slight mention of Da Vinci or something.