|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Alexander Pope (16881744)|
|QUOTATION:||Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer,|
And without sneering teach the rest to sneer; 1
Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike,
Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike.
|ATTRIBUTION:||Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot. Prologue to the Satires. Line 201.|
When needs he must, yet faintly then he praises;
Somewhat the deed, much more the means he raises:
So marreth what he makes, and praising most, dispraises.
P. Fletcher: The Purple Island, canto vii. [back]