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 Alexander Pope once said...

In various talk th' instructive hours they past, Who gave the ball, or paid the visit last; One speaks the glory of the British queen, And one describes a charming Indian screen; A third interprets motions, looks, and eyes; At every word a reputation dies.

In Reputation Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Rape of the Lock (pt. III, l. 11), this stanza not found in his printed works

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