„Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll;
Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.“

—  Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock

Canto V, line 33
The Rape of the Lock (1712, revised 1714 and 1717)

„I have nothing to say for rhyme, but that I doubt whether a poem can support itself without it, in our language; unless it be stiffened with such strange words, as are likely to destroy our language itself.“

—  Alexander Pope

Remark (1738?) quoted in Anecdotes, Observations, and Characters, of Books and Men (1820) by Joseph Spence [published from the original papers; with notes, and a life of the author, by Samuel Weller Singer]; "Spence's Anecdotes", Section IV. 1737...39. p. 200

„Lo these were they, whose souls the Furies steel'd,
And curs'd with hearts unknowing how to yield.
Thus unlamented pass the proud away,
The gaze of fools, and pageant of a day!
So perish all, whose breast ne'er learn'd to glow
For others' good, or melt at others' woe.“

—  Alexander Pope, Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady

Zdroj: The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope (1717), Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady, Line 45. Compare Pope's The Odyssey of Homer, Book XVIII, line 269

„Lo these were they, whose souls the Furies steel'd,
And curs'd with hearts unknowing how to yield.“

—  Alexander Pope

Zdroj: The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope (1717), Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady, Line 45. Compare Pope's The Odyssey of Homer, Book XVIII, line 269.
Kontext: Lo these were they, whose souls the Furies steel'd,
And curs'd with hearts unknowing how to yield.
Thus unlamented pass the proud away,
The gaze of fools, and pageant of a day!
So perish all, whose breast ne'er learn'd to glow
For others' good, or melt at others' woe.

„I believe no one qualification is so likely to make a good writer, as the power of rejecting his own thoughts.“

—  Alexander Pope

Preface.
The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope (1717)
Kontext: I would not be like those Authors, who forgive themselves some particular lines for the sake of a whole Poem, and vice versa a whole Poem for the sake of some particular lines. I believe no one qualification is so likely to make a good writer, as the power of rejecting his own thoughts.

„At every word a reputation dies.“

—  Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock

Canto III, line 16.
The Rape of the Lock (1712, revised 1714 and 1717)

„Heav'n, as its purest gold, by tortures try'd;
The saint sustain'd it, but the woman died.“

—  Alexander Pope

"Epitaph on Mrs. Corbet" (1730).
Kontext: So unaffected, so compos'd a mind;
So firm, yet soft; so strong, yet so retin'd;
Heav'n, as its purest gold, by tortures try'd;
The saint sustain'd it, but the woman died.

„I think a good deal may be said to extenuate the fault of bad Poets.“

—  Alexander Pope

Preface.
The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope (1717)
Kontext: I think a good deal may be said to extenuate the fault of bad Poets. What we call a Genius, is hard to be distinguish'd by a man himself, from a strong inclination: and if his genius be ever so great, he can not at first discover it any other way, than by giving way to that prevalent propensity which renders him the more liable to be mistaken.

„Vital spark of heav'nly flame!
Quit, oh quit, this mortal frame“

—  Alexander Pope

Stanza 1.
The Dying Christian to His Soul (1712)
Kontext: Vital spark of heav'nly flame!
Quit, oh quit, this mortal frame:
Trembling, hoping, ling'ring, flying,
Oh the pain, the bliss of dying!

„So perish all, whose breast ne'er learn'd to glow
For others' good, or melt at others' woe.“

—  Alexander Pope

Zdroj: The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope (1717), Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady, Line 45. Compare Pope's The Odyssey of Homer, Book XVIII, line 269.
Kontext: Lo these were they, whose souls the Furies steel'd,
And curs'd with hearts unknowing how to yield.
Thus unlamented pass the proud away,
The gaze of fools, and pageant of a day!
So perish all, whose breast ne'er learn'd to glow
For others' good, or melt at others' woe.

„For he lives twice who can at once employ
The present well, and e'en the past enjoy.“

—  Alexander Pope

Imitation of Martial, reported in Mr. Pope's Literary Correspondence (1737), Vol. V, p. 232; The Poems of Alexander Pope, ed. John Butt, sixth edition (Yale University Press, 1970), p. 117. Compare: "Ampliat ætatis spatium sibi vir bonus; hoc est Vivere bis vita posse priore frui" (Translated: "The good man prolongs his life; to be able to enjoy one's past life is to live twice"), Martial, X, 237.; "Thus would I double my life's fading space; For he that runs it well, runs twice his race", Abraham Cowley, Discourse XI, Of Myself, stanza xi.

„On all the line a sudden vengeance waits,
And frequent hearses shall besiege your gates.“

—  Alexander Pope

Zdroj: The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope (1717), Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady, Line 37.

„Let opening roses knotted oaks adorn,
And liquid amber drop from every thorn.“

—  Alexander Pope, Pastorals

Autumn, line 36.
Pastorals (1709)

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