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295 Famous Quotes by Alexander Pope
5/21/1688 - 5/30/1744
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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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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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