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295 Famous Quotes by Alexander Pope
5/21/1688 - 5/30/1744
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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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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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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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Our rural ancestors with little blest, Patient of labour when the end was rest, Indulg'd the day that hous'd their annual grain, With feasts, and off'rings, and a thankful strain.

Agriculture Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Second Book of Horace (ep. I, l. 241)

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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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And more than echoes talk along the walls.

Echo Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Eloisa to Abelard (l. 306)

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But just disease to luxury succeeds, And ev'ry death its own avenger breeds.

Disease Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. III, l. 165)

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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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At length corruption, like a general flood (So long by watchful ministers withstood), Shall deluge all; and avarice, creeping on, Spread like a low-born mist, and blot the sun.

Corruption Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 135)

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For I, who hold sage Homer's rule the best, Welcome the coming, speed the going guest.

Hospitality Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Satire II (bk. II, l. 159)

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And binding nature fast in fate, Left free the human will.

Will Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: The Universal Prayer (st. 3)

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Pleas'd to the last he crops the flowery food, And licks the hand just rais'd to shed his blood.

Fidelity Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 83)

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

Expectation Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: in a letter to Gay

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The doubtful beam long nods from side to side.

Doubt Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Rape of the Lock (canto V, l. 73)

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Envy, to which th' ignoble mind's a slave, Is emulation in the learn'd or brave.

Envy Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. II, l. 191)

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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.

Courtesy 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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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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Here Ceres' gifts in waving prospect stand, And nodding tempt the joyful reaper's hand.

Agriculture Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Windsor Forest (l. 39)

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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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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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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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By flatterers besieged And so obliging that he ne'er obliged.

Flattery Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Prologue to Satires (l. 207)

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Obliged by hunger and request of friends.

Hunger Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot--Prologue to the Satires (l. 44)

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