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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Ruling Passion
 
In men we various ruling passions find;
In women, two almost divide the mind;
Those, only fix’d, they first or last obey,
The love of pleasure and the love of sway.
        Pope.—Moral Essay; to a Lady, Epi. II. Line 207.
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Manners with fortunes, humours turn with climes,
Tenets with books, and principles with times.
Search then the ruling passion: there alone
The wild are constant, and the cunning known.
        Pope.—Moral Essays, Epi. I. Line 172.
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The ruling passion, be it what it will,
The ruling passion conquers reason still.
        Pope.—Moral Essays, Epi. III. Line 153; and see his Epistle to Lord Cobham, Epi. I. Part III.
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