Literary Birthday - 21 May
Happy Birthday, Alexander Pope, born 21 May 1688, died 30 May 1744
12 Famous Quotes
- Hope springs eternal in the human breast.
- A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely sobers us again.
- Fine sense and exalted sense are not half so useful as common sense.
- The greatest advantage I know of being thought a wit by the world is that it gives one the greater freedom of playing the fool.
- Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
- To err is human; to forgive, divine.
- True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those who move easiest have learned to dance.
- Wit is the lowest form of humor.
- To buy books as some do who make no use of them, only because they were published by an eminent printer, is much as if a man should buy clothes that did not fit him, only because they were made by some famous tailor.
- There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit.
- Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
- Brevity is the soul of wit.
Pope was an 18th Century English poet, best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer. He is the third-most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, after Shakespeare and Tennyson.
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