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295 Famous Quotes by Alexander Pope
5/21/1688 - 5/30/1744
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See the wild Waste of all-devouring years! How Rome her own sad Sepulchre appears, With nodding arches, broken temples spread! The very Tombs now vanish'd like their dead!

Rome Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays--Epistle to Addison

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Hear how the birds, on ev'ry blooming spray, With joyous musick wake the dawning day.

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

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And solid pudding against empty praise.

Eating Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: The Dunciad (bk. I, l. 54)

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In cold December fragrant chaplets blow, And heavy harvests nod beneath the snow.

December Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: The Dunciad (bk. I, l. 77)

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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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Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.

Dogs Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Letters to and from H. Cromwell, Esq.--Letter X

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An honest man's the noblest work of God.

Honesty Quotes, by Alexander Pope

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Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

Boldness Quotes, by Alexander Pope

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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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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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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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And little eagles wave their wings in gold.

Eagles Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays--Epistle to Addison (l. 30)

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Say, will the falcon, stooping from above, Smit with her varying plumage, spare the dove? Admires the jay the insect's gilded wings? Or hears the hawk when Philomela sings?

Falcons Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. III, l. 53)

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"Live like yourself," was soon my lady's word, And lo! two puddings smok'd upon the board.

Eating Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 461)

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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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For fools admire, but me of sense approve.

Admiration Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Criticism (l. 391)

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Then marble, soften'd into life, grew warm.

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

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Choose a firm cloud before it fall, and in it Catch, ere she change, the Cynthia of this minute.

Clouds Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays (ep. 2, l. 19)

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From hyperborean skies Embodied dark, what clouds of vandals rise.

Sky Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: The Dunciad (III, l. 85)

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Never elated when someone's oppressed, never dejected when another one's blessed.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Alexander Pope

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No silver saints, by dying misers giv'n, Here brib'd the rage of ill-requited heav'n; But such plain roofs as Piety could raise, And only vocal with the Maker's praise.

Churches Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Eloisa to Abelard (l. 137)

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Next o'er his books his eyes began to roll, In pleasing memory of all he stole; How here he sipp'd, how there he plunder'd snug, And suck'd all o'er like an industrious bug.

Plagiarism Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: The Dunciad (bk. I, l. 127)

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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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