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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:3407
AUTHOR:Alexander Pope (1688–1744)
QUOTATION:Know then thyself, presume not God to scan;
The proper study of mankind is man. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Essay on Man. Epistle ii. Line 1.
 
Note 1.
La vray science et le vray étude de l’homme c’est l’homme (The true science and the true study of man is man).—Charron: De la Sagesse, lib. i. chap. 1.

Trees and fields tell me nothing: men are my teachers.—Plato: Phædrus. [back]
 

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