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Alexander Pope
Source/Notes:
Letter to William Fortescue, Sept. 23 1725. Variant: "Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed was the ninth beatitude."
Alexander Pope
Source/Notes:
Thoughts on Various Subjects (1727). Sometimes attributed to Jonathan Swift for the fact that the quote was published in Swift's Miscellanies (1727)


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Born: May 21, 1688

Died: May 30, 1744 (aged 56)

Nationality: English

Occupation: Poet

Bio: Alexander Pope was an 18th-century English poet, best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer. Famous for his use of the heroic couplet, he is the third-most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, after Shakespeare and Tennyson.

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