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295 Famous Quotes by Alexander Pope
5/21/1688 - 5/30/1744
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Always do right. That will gratify some of the people and astonish the rest.

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

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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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Alas! the small discredit of a bribe Scarce hurts the lawyer, but undoes the scribe.

Bribery Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Epilogue to Satire (dialogue II, l. 46)

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For her, the lilies hang their heads and die.

Lilies Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Pastorals--Autumn (l. 26)

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I am his Highness' dog at Kew; Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?

Dogs Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Epigrams--On the Collar of a Dog

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An honest man's the noblest work of God.

Honesty Quotes, by Alexander Pope

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He who tells a lie is not sensible of how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.

Lying Quotes, by Alexander Pope

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Judges and senates have been bought for gold; Esteem and love were never to be sold.

Bribery Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 187)

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Whether with Reason, or with Instinct blest, Know, all enjoy that pow'r which suits them best.

Enjoyment Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. III, l. 79)

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Thus unlamented pass the proud away, The gaze of fools and pageant of a day; So perish all, whose breast ne'er learn'd to glow For others' good, or melt at others' woe.

Pride Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Memory of an Unfortunate Lady (l. 4)

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I have more zeal than wit.

Zeal Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Imitations of Horace (bk. II, satire VI, l. 56)

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How happy is the blameless vestal's lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot.

Obscurity Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Eloisa to Abelard (l. 207)

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Not half so swift the trembling doves can fly, When the fierce eagle cleaves the liquid sky; Not half so swiftly the fierce eagle moves, When thro' the clouds he drives the trembling doves.

Doves Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Windsor Forest (l. 185)

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Teach me to feel another's woe, To hide the fault I see: That mercy I to others show, That mercy show to me.

Mercy Quotes, by Alexander Pope

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A bachelor is one who enjoys the chase but does not eat the game.

Bachelors Quotes, by Alexander Pope

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False happiness is like false money; it passes for a long time as well as the true, and serves some ordinary occasions; but when it is brought to the touch, we find the lightness and alloy, and feel the loss.

Emotions Quotes, by Alexander Pope

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The way of the Creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with the Great Harmony: this is what furthers and what perseveres.

Harmony Quotes, by Alexander Pope

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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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Wit is the lowest form of humor.

Wit Quotes, by Alexander Pope

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To err is human, to forgive, divine.

Proverbs Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Criticism

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Envy will merit as its shade pursue, But like a shadow, proves the substance true.

Proverbs Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 266)

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Men would be angels, angels would be gods.

Proverbs Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 126)

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Hope springs eternal in the human breast, Man never is, but always to be blest.

Proverbs Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 95)

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Chaos of thought and passion all confused.

Proverbs Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. II, l. 13)

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Manners with Fortunes, Humours turn with Climes, Tenets with Books, and Principles with Times.

Proverbs Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays (ep. I, pt. II)

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