Quotations From ALEXANDER POPE

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  • 11.
    "Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed" was the ninth beatitude.
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. letter, Oct. 6, 1727, to playwright John Gay. Quoted in Roscoe, Life of Pope, vol. 10.
  • 12.
    At ev'ry word a reputation dies.
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. The Rape of the Lock, cto. 3, l. 16 (1714).
  • 13.
    For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. Essay on Criticism (Fr. III). . . Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.

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  • 14.
    So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. Essay on Criticism (Fr. I). . . Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.
  • 15.
    Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. An Essay on Criticism, l. 625 (1711).

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  • 16.
    Nature and nature's laws lay hid in the night. God said, Let Newton be! and all was light!
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. (Published in 1730). "Epitaph. Intended for Sir Isaac Newton, In Westminster Abbey," The Poems of Alexander Pope, ed. John Butt, Yale, New Haven (1966).

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  • 17.
    They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake.
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. The Wife of Bath, l. 103 (1713).

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  • 18.
    P—xed by her love, or libeled by her hate.
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. The First Satire of the Second Book of Horace (l. 84). NU. Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.

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  • 19.
    Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. letter, Oct. 19, 1709. The Correspondence of Alexander Pope, vol. 1, ed. George Sherburn (1956).
  • 20.
    Good God! how often are we to die before we go quite off this stage? In every friend we lose a part of ourselves, and the best part.
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. letter, Dec. 5, 1732, to poet and author Jonathan Swift. The Correspondence of Alexander Pope, vol. 3, ed. George Sherburn (1956). Written the day after the death of playwright John Gay.

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