Careful Words

heap (n.)

heap (v.)

heap (adj.)

  Socrates thought that if all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap, whence every one must take an equal portion, most persons would be contented to take their own and depart.

Plutarch (46(?)-120(?) a d): Consolation to Apollonius.

How lov'd, how honour'd once avails thee not,

To whom related, or by whom begot;

A heap of dust alone remains of thee:

'T is all thou art, and all the proud shall be!

Alexander Pope (1688-1744): To the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady. Line 71.