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295 Famous Quotes by Alexander Pope
5/21/1688 - 5/30/1744
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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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The vulgar boil, the learned roast, an egg.

Cookery Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Satires--Horace (epistle II, bk. II, l. 85)

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So modern 'pothecaries, taught the art By doctor's bills to play the doctor's part, Bold in the practice of mistaken rules, Prescribe, apply, and call their masters fools.

Medicine Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Criticism (l. 108)

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Learn from the beasts the physic of the field.

Medicine Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. III, l. 174)

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Who shall decide when doctors disagree, And soundest casuists doubt, like you and me?

Medicine Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays (ep. III)

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Banished the doctor, and expell'd the friend.

Medicine Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 330)

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As man, perhaps, the moment of his breath, Receives the lurking principle of death, The younger disease, that must subdue at length, Grows with his growth, and strengthens with his strength.

Disease Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. II, l. 133)

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Health consists with Temperance alone.

Health Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. IV, l.81)

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It is part of the cure to wish to be cured. [Lat., Pars sanitatis velle sanari fruit.]

Health Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. IV, l.81)

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Ask you what provocation I have had? The strong antipathy of good to bad.

Cause Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Epilogue to Satires (dialogue 2, l. 205)

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To err is human, to forgive, divine.

Forgiveness Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Criticism

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Good-nature and good-sense must ever join; To err is human, to forgive, divine.

Forgiveness Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Criticism (l. 522)

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Thee too, my Paridel! she mark'd thee there, Stretch'd on the rack of a too easy chair, And heard thy everlasting yarn confess The Pains and Penalties of Idleness.

Idleness Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: The Dunciad (bk. IV, l. 341)

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And each blasphemer quite escape the rod, Because the insult's not on man, but God?

Swearing Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Epilogue to Satires (dialogue II, l. 199)

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How glowing guilt exalts the keen delight!

Guilt Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Eloisa to Abelard (l. 230)

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