Let such teach others who themselves excel And censure freely who have written well.
Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)
Source: An Essay on Criticism, 1711
Contributed by: Zaady
Choose a firm cloud before it fall, and in it Catch, ere she change, the Cynthia of this minute.
Source: Moral Essays, 1720-1735, Epistle II, To Mrs. M. Blount, 1735
What woeful stuff this madrigal would be, In some starved hackney sonneteer, or me! But let a lord once own the happy lines, How the wit brightens! how the style refines!
Source: An Essay on Criticism, 1711, 1. 218
Years following years steal something every day; At last they steal us from ourselves away.
Who builds a church to God and not to fame, Will never mark the marble with his name.
Source: Moral Essays. Epistle iii. Line 285.
Men must be taught as if you taught them not, And things unknown propos'd as things forgot.
Source: Essay on Criticism. Part iii. Line 15.
With too much quickness ever to be taught; With too much thinking to have common thought.
Source: Moral Essays. Epistle ii. Line 97. [excerpt]
The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine! Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.
Source: Essay on Man. Epistle i. Line 217.
In lazy apathy let stoics boast Their virtue fix'd: 't is fix'd as in a frost; Contracted all, retiring to the breast; But strength of mind is exercise, not rest.
Source: Essay on Man. Epistle ii. Line 101.
He best can paint them who shall feel them most.
Source: Eloisa to Abelard, 1717, last line.
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