All that is left us is to recommend our productions by the imitation of the Ancients: and it will be found true, that in every age, the highest character for sense and learning has been obtain'd by those who have been most indebted to them. For to say truth, whatever is very good sense must have been common sense in all times; and what we call Learning, is but the knowledge of the sense of our predecessors. Therefore they who say our thoughts are not our own because they resembe the Ancients, may as well say our faces are not our own, because they are like our Fathers . . . .
--Alexander Pope, Works (1717)
The less we copy the renowned ancients, we shall resemble them the more.
--Edward Young, Conjectures on Original Composition (1759)