Thursday, May 21, 2009

Meandering on and on . . .

Today is the birthday of Alexander Pope (May 21, 1688 – May 30, 1744), essayist, critic, satirist, and poet. He is best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer.

Alexander Pope was a master of the heroic couplet and is generally regarded as the greatest English poet of the eighteenth century.

"A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday." - Alexander Pope

"And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in a masquerade." - Alexander Pope

"Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing." - Alexander Pope

"Fools rush in where angels fear to tread." - Alexander Pope

"A little learning is a dangerous thing." - Alexander Pope

"Thus let me live, unseen, unknown;
Thus unlamented let me die;
Steal from the world, and not a stone
Tell where I lie."
- Alexander Pope

"The mouse that always trusts to one poor hole
Can never be a mouse of any soul."
- Alexander Pope

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