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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:1946
AUTHOR:Francis Bacon (1561–1626)
QUOTATION:The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Of Goodness.
 
Note 1.
Pride still is aiming at the blest abodes;
Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell,
Aspiring to be angels, men rebel.
Alexander Pope: Essay on Man, ep. i. line 125. [back]
 

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