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295 Famous Quotes by Alexander Pope
5/21/1688 - 5/30/1744
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Such labour'd nothings, in so strange a style. Amaze th' learn'd, and make the learned smile.

Style Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay of Criticism (pt. II, l. 126)

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Expression is the dress of thought, and still Appears more decent as more suitable; A vile conceit in pompous words express'd, Is like a clown in regal purple dress'd.

Style Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Criticism (l. 318)

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Constant at Church and 'Change; his gains were sure; His givings rare, save farthings to the poor.

Hypocrisy Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 347)

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When at the close of each sad, sorrowing day, Fancy restores what vengeance snatch'd away.

Fancy Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Eloisa to Abelard (l. 225)

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The difference is as great between The optics seeing as the objects seen. All manners take a tincture from our own; Or come discolor'd through out passions shown; Or fancy's beam enlarges, multiplies, Contracts, inverts, and gives ten thousand dyes.

Fancy Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays (ep. I, l. 31)

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The hungry judges soon the sentence sign, And wretches hang that jurymen may dine.

Judges Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Rape of the Lock (canto III, l. 21)

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Who would not praise Patrico's high desert, His hand unstain'd, his uncorrupted heart, His comprehensive head? all interests weigh'd, All Europe sav'd, yet Britain not betray'd.

Statesmanship Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays (ep. I, l. 82)

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Statesman, yet friend to truth! of soul sincere, In action faithful, and in honour clear; Who broke no promise, served no private end, Who gained no title, and who lost no friend, Ennobled by himself, by all approved, And praised, unenvied, by the Muse he loved.

Statesmanship Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays--To Hamilton (epistle V, l. 67)

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I'll print it, And shame the fools.

Printing Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Prologue to Satires (l. 61)

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Where grows?--where grows it not? If vain our toil, We ought to blame the culture, not the soil.

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

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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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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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