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ALEXANDER POPE
English poet and critic
(1688 - 1744)
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Blessed is he who expects nothing for he shall never be disappointed.
      - in a letter to Gay [Expectation]

Bliss is the same, in subject or in king.
      - [Equality]

But touch me, and no minister so sore.
  Whoe'er offends, at some unlucky time
    Slides into verse, and hitches in a rhyme,
      Sacred to ridicule his whole life long,
        And the sad burthen of some merry song.
      - [Ridicule]

But true expression, like th' unchanging sun,
  Clears and improves whate'er it shines upon;
    It gilds all objects, but it alters none.
      - [Expression]

But when to mischief mortals bend their will,
  How soon they find fit instruments of ill.
      - [Proverbs]

But you with pleasure own your errors past,
  And make each day a critic on the last.
      - [Critics]

Can pocket states, or fetch or carry kings.
      - [Gold]

Caracci's strength, Correggio's softer line, Paulo's free course, and Titian's warmth divine.
      - [Painting]

Cavil you may, but never criticise.
      - [Critics]

Cease to consult, the time for action calls,
  War, horrid war, approaches to your walls!
      - [War]

Charms by accepting, by submitting sways, yet has her humor most when she obeys.
      - [Obedience]

Coffee which makes the politician wise, and see through all things with his half-shut eyes.
      - [Coffee]

Conceit is to nature what paint is to beauty; it is not only needless but impairs what it would improve.
      - [Conceit]

Count all th' advantage prosperous Vice attains,
  'Tis but what Virtue flies from and disdains:
    And grant the bad what happiness they would,
      One they must want--which is, to pass for good.
      - [Vice : Virtue]

Cursed be the verse, how well soe'er it flow,
  That tends to make one worthy man my foe.
      - [Foes]

Devotion's self shall steal a thought from heaven.
      - [Devotion]

Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame.
      - [Proverbs]

Drink is the feast of reason and the flow of soul.
      - [Drink]

Evasive of the bridal day, she gives fond hopes to all, and all with hope deceives.
      - [Bride]

Every man has just as much vanity as he wants understanding.
      - [Vanity]

Every woman is at heart a rake.
      - [Intrigue]

Faints into airs and languishes with pride;
  On the rich quilt sinks with becoming woe,
    Wrapt in a gown for sickness and for show.
      - [Coquette]

Fair tresses man's imperial race ensnare,
  And beauty draws us with a single hair.
      - [Proverbs]

Fame can never make us lie down contentedly on a death-bed.
      - [Fame]

Far from gay cities and the ways of men.
      - [Proverbs]


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