(Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. Lord Hervey, in Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot, l. 308 (1735).
The line has passed into common usage, and achieved notoriety in the 1960s when it was used to head the London Times leader July 1, 1967, on Mick Jagger and Keith Richard's arrest on drugs chargesan article which was thought to have contributed to their acquittal.)
The near touch of death may be a release into life; if only it will break the egoistic will, and release that other flow.
(D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. First published by Centaur Press (Philadelphia) in 1925. "The Crown," Reflections on the Death of a Porcupine, Centaur Press (Philadelphia, 1925).)
We seldom break a leg as long as we are climbing wearily upwards in our lives, instead we do it when we start going easy on ourselves and choosing the comfortable paths.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 492, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 266, "When the Danger is Greatest," (1879).)