Born today Alexander Pope,
Famous for this succinct trope:
Drink deep, he wrote, the Pierian Spring,
A little learning is a dangerous thing.*
* "An Essay on Criticism" 215-216
More heroic couplets from Pope:
1. "True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, /As those move easiest who have learn'd to dance."
2. "Words are like leaves; and where they most abound, /Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found."
3. "Laugh where we must, be candid where we can; /But vindicate the ways of God to man."
4. "All are but parts of one stupendous whole, /Whose body nature is, and God the soul."
5."Hope springs eternal in the human breast;/Man never is, but always to be blest."
6. "True friendship's laws are by this rule express'd:/ Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest."
7." But when to mischief mortals bend their will,/How soon they find fit instruments of ill."
8. "Honor and shame from no condition rise./Act well your part: there all the honor lies."
9."Fair tresses man's imperial race ensnare/And beauty draws us with a single hair."
10. " Men must be taught as if you taught them not,/And things unknown proposed as things forgot."