"A little learning is a dangerous thing" is the starting line of the ODE ON Learning by Alexander POPE email@example.com
- It's from the Essay on Criticism, Part II, lines 15-18 and is already on the quote page for Pope. - InvisibleSun 15:52, 6 June 2006 (UTC)
There seems to be some controversy about Pope's birthdate, so I'll summarize what w:Talk:Alexander Pope currently says:
- The Life of Pope (1905), by Samuel Johnson — according to the online transcription of Professor Jack Lynch of Rutgers University — claims 22 May.
- "Alexander Pope", Encyclopedia Britannica Online, claims 21 May.
- Encyclopedia Britannica, unspecified print edition, apparently agrees with the online reference.
- An unspecified "definitive biography" by Maynard Mack, presumably Alexander Pope: A Life (1985 edition is ISBN 0300033915) claims 21 May (at 6:45 pm, no less).
from w:Alexander Pope
- Pope also wrote the famous epitaph for Sir Isaac Newton:
"Nature and nature's laws lay hid in night;
God said 'Let Newton be' and all was light."
- to which Sir John Collings Squire later amusingly satirised this
"It did not last: the devil, shouting 'Ho.
Let Einstein be' restored the status quo."
- so then Alexander O. Bartolo decided on utilizing an Avinity
To be a Saint; Woo hoo' if you say D'OH!
"Let Feynman be' do the Physic's HELLO."
- Pope, as an Augustan writer, gave a famous definition of wit:
"True wit is nature to advantage drest;
Which oft was thought, but ne'er so well exprest."
- A quotation from Pope's Eloisa to Abelard (lines 207-210) was used in the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind:
Seems to me a major Pope quote is missing:
Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,
A being darkly wise, and rudely great:
With too much knowledge for the sceptic side,
With too much weakness for the stoic's pride,
He hangs between; in doubt to act, or rest;
In doubt to deem himself a God, or beast;
In doubt his mind and body to prefer;
Born but to die, and reas'ning but to err;
--220.127.116.11 21:29, 21 August 2008 (UTC)