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295 Famous Quotes by Alexander Pope
5/21/1688 - 5/30/1744
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Fine by defect, and delicately weak.

Weakness Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays (ep. II, l. 43)

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Poets heap virtues, painters gems, at will, And show their zeal, and hide their want of skill.

Zeal Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays (ep. II, l. 185)

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Zeal is very blind, or badly regulated, when it encroaches upon the rights of others.

Zeal Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays (ep. II, l. 185)

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What thin partitions sense from thought divide.

Sense Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 226)

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'Tis use alone that sanctifies expense And splendor borrow all her rays from sense.

Sense Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays (ep. IV, l. 179)

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Good sense which only is the gift of Heaven, And though no science, fairly worth the seven.

Sense Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays (ep. IV, l. 43)

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Fool, 'tis in vain from wit to wit to roam: Know, sense, like charity, begins at home.

Sense Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Umbra

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How instinct varies in the grov'lling swine, Compar'd, half-reasoning elephant, with thine! 'Twixt that and reason what a nice barrier! Forever sep'rate, yet forever near!

Instinct Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 221)

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But honest instinct comes a volunteer; Sure never to o'er-shoot, but just to hit, While still too wide or short in human wit.

Instinct Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. III, l. 85)

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Say first, of God above or man below, What can we reason but from what we know?

Reason Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 17)

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Reason, however able, cool at best, Cares not for service, or but serves when prest, Stays till we call, and then not often near.

Reason Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. III, l. 85)

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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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Who builds a church to God, and not to Fame, Will never mark the marble with his Name.

Churches Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 285)

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To Kerke the narre, from God more farre.

Churches Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 285)

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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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E'en Sunday shines no Sabbath day to me.

Sabbath Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot--Prologue to the Satires (l. 12)

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The sound must seem an echo to the sense.

Sound Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Criticism (l. 365)

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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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All Nature is but art unknown to thee; All chance direction, which thou canst not see; All discord, harmony not understood; All partial evil, universal good; And spite of pride, in erring reason's spite, One truth is clear, Whatever is is right.

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

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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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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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Nature made every fop to plague his brother, Just as one beauty mortifies another.

Foppery Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Satire IV (l. 258)

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Oh her white breast a sparkling cross she wore, Which Jews might kiss and Infidels adore.

Jewels Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Rape of the Lock (canto II, l. 7)

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Th' embroider'd suit at least he deem'd his prey; That suit an unpaid tailor snatched away.

Tailors Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: The Dunciad (bk. II, l. 117)

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The learn'd reflect on what before they knew.

Reflection Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Criticism (pt. III, l. 180)

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