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295 Famous Quotes by Alexander Pope
5/21/1688 - 5/30/1744
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Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, As to be hated need but to be seen; Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then embrace.

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

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The heart resolves this matter in a trice, "Men only feel the smart, but not the vice."

Vice Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Horace (bk. II, ep. II, l. 216)

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Calm, thinking villains, whom no faith could fix, Of crooked counsels and dark politics.

Villainy Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Temple of Fame (l. 410)

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Destroy his fib, or sophistry--in vain! The creature's at his dirty work again.

Wickedness Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Prologue to the Satires (l. 91)

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I was not born for Courts or great affairs; I pay my debts, believe, and say my pray'rs.

Humility Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Prologue to Satires (l. 268)

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The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains that I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time.

Humility Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Prologue to Satires (l. 268)

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We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinions, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.

Humility Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Prologue to Satires (l. 268)

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He's armed without that's innocent within.

Innocence Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Epistles of Horace (ep. I, bk. I, l. 93)

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But see, the shepherds shun the noonday heat, The lowing herds to murmuring brooks retreat, To closer shades the panting flocks remove; Ye gods! and is there no relief for love?

Summer Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Pastorals--Summer

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Where'er you walk cool gales shall fan the glade, Trees where you sit shall crowd into a shade. Where'er you tread the blushing flowers shall rise, And all things flourish where you turn your eyes.

Summer Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Pastorals--Summer

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Here, thou, great Anna! whom three realms obey, Dost sometimes counsel take--and sometimes tea.

Tea Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Rape of the Lock (canto III, l. 7)

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Eternal smiles his emptiness betray, As shallow streams run dimpling all the way.

Smiles Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Prologue to Satires (l. 315)

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In various talk th' instructive hours they past, Who gave the ball, or paid the visit last; One speaks the glory of the British queen, And one describes a charming Indian screen; A third interprets motions, looks, and eyes; At every word a reputation dies.

Reputation Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Rape of the Lock (pt. III, l. 11), this stanza not found in his printed works

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The flying rumours gather'd as the roll'd, Scarce any tale was sooner heard than told; And all who told it added something new. And all who heard it made enlargements too.

Rumor Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Temple of Fame (l. 468)

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A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Birds Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Pastorals--Spring (l. 23)

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And little eagles wave their wings in gold.

Eagles Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays--Epistle to Addison (l. 30)

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Say, will the falcon, stooping from above, Smit with her varying plumage, spare the dove? Admires the jay the insect's gilded wings? Or hears the hawk when Philomela sings?

Falcons Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. III, l. 53)

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Shall I, like Curtius, desperate in my zeal, O'er head and ears plunge for the common weal? Or rob Rome's ancient geese of all their glories, And cackling save the monarchies of Tories?

Geese Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: The Dunciad (bk. 1, l. 209)

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No more the mounting larks, while Daphne sings, Shall, list'ning, in mid-air suspend their wings.

Larks Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Pastorals--Winter (l. 53)

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Is it for thee the linnet pours his throat? Loves of his own, and raptures swell the note.

Linnets Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. III, l. 33)

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See! from the brake the whirring pheasant springs, And mounts exulting on triumphant wings: Short is his joy; he feels the fiery wound, Flutters in blood, and panting beats the ground.

Pheasants Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Windsor Forest (l. 111)

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But see, Orion sheds unwholesome dews; Arise, the pines a noxious shade diffuse; Sharp Boreas blows, and nature feels decay, Time conquers all, and we must time obey.

Winter Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Ode to Winter (l. 85)

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And solid pudding against empty praise.

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

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"Pray take them, Sir,--Enough's a Feast; Eat some, and pocket up the rest."

Eating Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: First Book of Horace (ep. VII, l. 24)

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One solid dish his week-day meal affords, An added pudding solemniz'd the Lord's.

Eating Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 447)

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