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295 Famous Quotes by Alexander Pope
5/21/1688 - 5/30/1744
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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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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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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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All fame is foreign, but of true desert; Plays round the head, but comes not to the heart: One self approving hour whole years out-weighs Of stupid starers, and of loud huzzas; And more true joy Marcellus exil'd feels, Than Caesar with a senate at his heels.

Self-examination Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 253)

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Condition, circumstance, is not the thing; Bliss is the same in subject or in king.

Circumstance Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 57)

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The ends must justify the means.

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

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In the nice bee, what sense so subtly true From pois'nous herbs extracts the healing dew?

Bees Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. I, 219)

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The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine! Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.

Spiders Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 217)

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Solid pudding against empty praise.

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

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To what base ends, and by what abject ways, Are mortals urg'd through sacred lust of praise!

Praise Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Criticism (l. 520)

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Praise undeserved is scandal in disguise.

Praise Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: First Epistle of Second Book of Horace

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Hills peep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise.

Mountains Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 32)

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Some positive persisting fops we know, Who, if once wrong, will needs be always so; But you with pleasure own your errors past, And make each day a critique on the last.

Errors Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Criticism (pt. III, l. 9)

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Of fight or fly, This choice is left ye, to resist or die.

Choice Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Homer's Odyssey (bk. XXII, l. 79)

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Order is Heaven's first law; and this confess, Some are and must be greater than the rest.

Order Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 49)

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Not chaos-like together crush'd and bruis'd, But, as the world, harmoniously confused: Where order in variety we see, And where tho' all things differ, all agree.

Order Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Windsor Forest (l. 13)

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Destroy all creatures for thy sport or gust, Yet cry, if man's unhappy, God's unjust.

Providence Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 117)

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