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295 Famous Quotes by Alexander Pope
5/21/1688 - 5/30/1744
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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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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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"An't it please your Honour," quoth the Peasant, "This same Desset is not so pleasant: Give me again my hollow Tree, A Crust of Bread, and Liberty."

Eating Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Second Book of Horace (last lines)

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In the worst inn's worst room, with mat half hung.

Inns Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Moral Essays (ep. 3, l. 299)

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Learn of the little nautilus to sail, Spread the thin oar, and catch the driving gale.

Boating Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. III, l. 177)

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To be, contents his natural desire, He asks no angel's wing, no seraph's fire; But thinks, admitted to that equal sky, His faithful dog shall bear him company. Go wiser thou! and in thy scale of sense Weigh thy opinion against Providence.

Dogs Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 109)

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Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.

Fidelity Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 336)

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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!

Swine Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 221)

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The hog that ploughs not, not obeys thy call, Lives on the labours of this lord of all.

Swine Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Man (ep. III, l. 41)

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Th' unwilling gratitude of base mankind!

Gratitude Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Second Book of Horace (ep. I, l. 14)

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Others import yet nobler arts from France, Teach kings to fiddle, and make senates dance.

Dancing Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: The Dunciad (bk. IV, l. 597)

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What the weak head with strongest bias rules, Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools.

Pride Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Criticism (l. 203)

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He best can paint them who shall feel them most.

Painting Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Eloisa to Abelard (last line)

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Lely on animated canvas stole The sleepy eye, that spoke the melting soul.

Painting Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Second Book of Horace (ep. I, l. 149)

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But would you sing, and rival Orpheus' strain. The wond'ring forests soon should dance again; The moving mountains hear the powerful call. And headlong streams hand listening in their fall!

Singing Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Summer (l. 81)

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For fools admire, but me of sense approve.

Admiration Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Criticism (l. 391)

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Be niggards of advice on no pretense; For the worst avarice is that of sense.

Advice Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Essay on Criticism (l. 578)

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Condemned whole years in absence to deplore, And image charms he must behold no more.

Absence Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Eloise to Abelard (l. 361)

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Then marble, soften'd into life, grew warm.

Sculpture Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Second Book of Horace (ep. I, l. 146)

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Know then, unnumber'd Spirits round thee fly, The light Militia of the lower sky.

Spirits Quotes, by Alexander Pope , Source: Rape of the Lock (I, 41)

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