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295 Famous Quotes by Alexander Pope
5/21/1688 - 5/30/1744
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What nature wants, commodious gold bestows; 'Tis thus we cut the bread another sows.

Gold Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essay (ep. III, l. 21)

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Who sees pale Mammom pine amidst his store, Sees but a backward steward for the poor.

Mammon Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 171)

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'Tis strange the miser should his cares employ To gain those riches he can ne'er enjoy; Is it less strange the prodigal should waste His wealth to purchase what he ne'er can taste?

Misers Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays (ep. IV, l. 1)

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Ye flowers that drop, forsaken by the spring, Ye birds that, left by summer, cease to sing, Ye trees that fade, when Autumn heats remove, Say, is not absence death to those who love?

Autumn Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Pastorals--Autumn (l. 27)

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Like Cato, give his little senate laws, And sit attentive to his own applause.

Applause Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Prologue to the Satires (l. 207)

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Soft is the strain when zephyr gently blows.

Zephyrs Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 366)

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Lull'd by soft zephyrs thro' the broken pane.

Zephyrs Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Prologue to Satires (l. 42)

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And soften'd sounds along the waters die: Smooth flow the waves, the zephyrs gently play.

Zephyrs Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Rape of the Lock (canto II, l. 50)

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Soft o'er the shrouds aerial whispers breathe, That seemed but zephyrs to the train beneath.

Zephyrs Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Rape of the Lock (canto II, l. 58)

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Divert her eyes with pictures in the fire.

Fire Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Epistle to Mrs. Teresa Blount, on her leaving the Town after the Coronation

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Thus let me live, unseen, unknown, Thus unlamented let me die; Steal from the world, and not a stone Tell where I lie.

Obscurity Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Ode on Solitude

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What can ennoble sots, or slaves, or cowards? Alas! not all the blood, of all the Howards.

Ancestry Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 215)

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Truths would you teach, or save a sinking land? All fear, none aid you, and few understand.

Help Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 264)

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Never elated while one man's oppress'd; Never dejected while another's blessed.

Sympathy Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 323)

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Form'd by thy converse, happily steer From grave to gay, from lively to severe.

Conversation Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 379)

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The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read, With loads of learned lumber in his head.

Stupidity Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Criticism (l. 612)

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If Stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?"

Stupidity Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Criticism (l. 612)

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Who know but He, whose hand the lightning forms, Who heaves old ocean, and who wings the storms, Pours fierce ambition in a Caesar's mind.

Ambition Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 157)

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Oh, sons of earth! attempt ye still to rise. By mountains pil'd on mountains to the skies? Heav'n still with laughter the vain toil surveys, And buries madmen in the heaps they raise.

Ambition Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 74)

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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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Now scantier limits the proud arch confine, And scarce are seen the prostrate Nile or Rhine; A small Euphrates thro' the piece is roll'd, And little eagles wave their wings in gold.

Rivers Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays--Epistle to Addison (l. 27)

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Where stray ye, Muses! in what lawn or grove, . . . . In those fair fields where sacred Isis glides, Or else where Cam his winding vales divides?

Rivers Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Summer (l. 23)

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On wings of wind came flying all abroad.

Haste Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Prologue to the Satires (l. 208)

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Haste is slow. [Lat., Festinatio tarda est.]

Haste Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Prologue to the Satires (l. 208)

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Worth makes the man, and want of it the fellow; The rest is all but leather and prunello.

Worth Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (epistle IV, 203)

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