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Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed

Don’t be too optimistic about the future. Remember that There’s many a slip ‘twixt the cup and the lip

Alexander Pope, who wrote this on October 6th, 1727, in a letter to John Gay, described it as ‘a ninth beatitude added to the eighth in the scripture’. The reference is to Matthew, v, 3-10.