English poet (1688–1744)
Alexander Pope was an English poet, translator, and satirist of the Enlightenment era who is considered one of the most prominent English poets of the early 18th century. An exponent of Augustan literature, Pope is best known for his satirical and discursive poetry including The Rape of the Lock, The Dunciad, and An Essay on Criticism, and for his translation of Homer.
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How happy is the blameless vestal's lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, More a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.
Some praise at morning what they blame at night, But always think the last opinion right.
To pardon those absurdities in ourselves which we condemn in others, is neither better nor worse than to be more willing to be fools ourselves than to have others so.
Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll; charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
When men grow virtuous in their old age, they only make a sacrifice to God of the devil's leavings.
She who ne'er answers till a husband cools, Or, if she rules him, never shows she rules; Charms by accepting, by submitting, sways, Yet has her humor most, when she obeys.
Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Not to go back is somewhat to advance, and men must walk, at least, before they dance.
One thought of thee puts all the pomp to flight, Priests, tapers, temples, swim before my sight.