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295 Famous Quotes by Alexander Pope
5/21/1688 - 5/30/1744
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True politeness consists in being easy one's self, and in making every one about one as easy as one can

Politeness Quotes, by Alexander Pope

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One science only will one genius fit, So vast is art, so narrow human wit.

Proverbs Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay of Criticism (pt. I, l. 60)

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And not a vanity is given in vain.

Vanity Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. II, l. 290)

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Zeal then, not charity, became the guide.

Zeal Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. 111, l. 261)

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Who reasons wisely is not therefore wise; His pride in reasoning, not in acting lies.

Reason Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays (ep. 1, l. 117)

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See Christians, Jews, one heavy sabbath keep, And all the western world believe and sleep.

Sabbath Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: The Dunciad (bk. III, l. 99)

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The infant, on opening his eyes, ought to see his country, and to the hour of his death never lose sight of it. [Fr., Un enfant en ouvrant ses yeux doit voir la patrie, et jusqu'a la mort ne voir qu'elle.]

Love of country Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: On his Grotto at Twickenham

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No question is ever settled Until it is settled right.

Right Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 289)

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What dire Offence from am'rous Causes springs, What mighty Contests rise from trivial Things.

Results Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Rape of the Lock (canto I, l. 1)

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Thus sung the shepherds till th' approach of night, The skies yet blushing with departing light, When falling dews with spangles deck'd the glade, And the low sun had lengthened every shade.

Autumn Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Pastorals--Autumn (last lines)

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Hence the fool's paradise, the statesman's scheme, The air-built castle, and the golden dream, The maid's romantic wish, the chemist's flame, And poet's vision of eternal fame.

Visions Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: The Dunciad (bk. III, l. 9)

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Fire in each eye, and papers in each hand, They rave, recite, and madden round the land.

Oratory Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Prologue to Satires (l. 5)

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A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Birds Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Pastorals--Spring (l. 23)

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In pride, in reas'ning pride, our error lies; All quit their sphere and rush into the skies. Pride still is aiming at the bless'd abodes, Men would be angels, angels would be gods.

Pride Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 124)

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I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need.

Sculpture Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Second Book of Horace (ep. I, l. 146)

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Accept a miracle; instead of wit,-- See two dull lines by Stanhope's pencil writ.

Miracles Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: to Lord Chesterfield on using his pencil, according to John Taylor in "Records of My Life"

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Where round some mould'ring tow'r pale ivy creeps, And low-brow'd rocks hang nodding o'er the deeps.

Ivy Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Eloisa to Abelard (l. 243)

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Round broken columns clasping ivy twin'd.

Ivy Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Windsor Forest (l. 69)

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You purchase pain with all that joy can give, And die of nothing but a rage to live.

Pain Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays (ep. II, l. 99)

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To hide the fault I see: That mercy I to others show, That mercy show to me.

Mercy Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Universal Prayer

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. . . th' approach of night The skies yet blushing with departing light, When falling dews with spangles deck'd the glade, And the low sun had lengthen'd ev'ry shade.

Twilight Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Pastorals--Autumn (l. 98)

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Here files of pins extend their shining rows, Puffs, powders, patches, bibles, billet-doux.

Vanity Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Rape of the Lock (canto I, l. 137)

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Heaven forming each on other to depend, A master, or a servant, or a friend, Bids each on other for assistance call, Till one man's weakness grows the strength of all.

Weakness Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. II, l. 249)

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Who dare to love their country, and be poor.

Love of country Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: On his Grotto at Twickenham

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Satire or sense, alas! Can Sporus feel? Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?

Satire Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Prologue to Satires (l. 307), (Sporus is Lord John Hervey)

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