In words, as fashions, the same rule will hold, Alike fantastic if too new or old: Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)
Source: Essay on Criticism. Part ii. Line 133.
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'Tis education forms the common mind: Just as the twig is bent the tree's inclined.
Source: Moral Essays, 1720-1735, Epistle I, To Lord Cobham, 1734
Those oft are stratagems which errors seem Nor is it Homer nods, but we that dream;
Source: An Essay on Criticism, 1711
Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
False happiness is like false money; it passes for a time as well as the true, and serves some ordinary occasions; but when it is brought to the touch, we find the lightness and alloy, and feel the loss.
Source: Essay on Man. Epistle ii. Line 63.
The wrath of Peleus' son, the direful spring Of all the Grecian woes, O goddess sing! Another version: Achilles' wrath, to Greece the direful spring Of woes unnumbered, heavenly goddess, sing!
Source: Translation of the Iliad, 1715
Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame.
Who shall decide when doctors disagree?
Source: Moral Essays, 1720-1735, Epistle III, To Lord Bathurst, 1732
But thinks, admitted to that equal sky, His faithful dog shall bear him company.
Source: Essay on Man. Epistle i. Line 111.
You eat, in dreams, the custard of the day.
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