Whate'er is well conceived is clearly said, And the words to say it flow with ease.
Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux (1636 - 1711)
Source: The Art of Poetry, 1674
Contributed by: Zaady
But satire, ever moral, ever new, Delights the reader and instructs him, too. She, if good sense refine her sterling page, Oft shakes some rooted folly of the age.
Nothing but truth is lovely, nothing fair.
Source: Epistle 9
In spite of every sage whom Greece can show, Unerring wisdom never dwelt below; Folly in all of every age we see, The only difference lies in the degree.
Greatest fools are oft most satisfied.
Happy who in his verse can gently steer From grave to light, from pleasant to severe.
Of all the creatures that creep, swim, or fly, Peopling the earth, the waters, and the sky, From Rome to Iceland, Paris to Japan, I really think the greatest fool is man.
If your descent is from heroic sires, Show in your life a remnant of their fires.
Honor is like an island, rugged and without a beach, once we have left it, we can never return.
The terrible burden of having nothing to do.
Source: Epistle II
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