Alexander Pope - Quotes

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Teach me to feel another's woe, to hide the fault I see, that mercy I to others show, that mercy show to me.

Teach me to feel another's woe, to hide the fault I see, that mercy I to others show, that mercy show to me.

To err is human; to forgive, divine.

To err is human; to forgive, divine.

No woman ever hates a man for being in love with her, but many a woman hate a man for being a friend to her. ---->>>

How happy is the blameless vestal's lot? The world forgetting, by the world forgot. ---->>>

No one should be ashamed to admit they are wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that they are wiser today than they were yesterday. ---->>>

A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.

A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.

To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves.

To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves.

Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll; charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul. ---->>>

They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake.

They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake.

The greatest magnifying glasses in the world are a man's own eyes when they look upon his own person. ---->>>

The way of the Creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with the Great Harmony: this is what furthers and what perseveres. ---->>>

Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never is, but always to be blest.

Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never is, but always to be blest.

Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.

Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.

Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing. ---->>>

Trust not yourself, but your defects to know, make use of every friend and every foe. ---->>>

The learned is happy, nature to explore; The fool is happy, that he knows no more. ---->>>

Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends. ---->>>

The most positive men are the most credulous.

The most positive men are the most credulous.

And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in a masquerade.

And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in a masquerade.

On wrongs swift vengeance waits. ---->>>

Remembrance and reflection how allied. What thin partitions divides sense from thought. ---->>>

There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit. ---->>>

Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed was the ninth beatitude. ---->>>

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. ---->>>

Act well your part, there all the honour lies. ---->>>

Praise undeserved, is satire in disguise. ---->>>

So vast is art, so narrow human wit. ---->>>

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

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those move easiest who have learn'd to dance. ---->>>

On life's vast ocean diversely we sail. Reasons the card, but passion the gale. ---->>>

The world forgetting, by the world forgot. ---->>>

Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for a time, leave us the weaker ever after. ---->>>

The same ambition can destroy or save, and make a patriot as it makes a knave.

The same ambition can destroy or save, and make a patriot as it makes a knave.

A brain of feathers, and a heart of lead. ---->>>

A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity. ---->>>

Lulled in the countless chambers of the brain, our thoughts are linked by many a hidden chain; awake but one, and in, what myriads rise! ---->>>

Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul. ---->>>

Never find fault with the absent. ---->>>

The difference is too nice - Where ends the virtue or begins the vice. ---->>>

But Satan now is wiser than of yore, and tempts by making rich, not making poor. ---->>>

For Forms of Government let fools contest; whatever is best administered is best. ---->>>

All are but parts of one stupendous whole, Whose body Nature is, and God the soul.

All are but parts of one stupendous whole, Whose body Nature is, and God the soul.

Nature and nature's laws lay hid in the night. God said, Let Newton be! and all was light! ---->>>

The ruling passion, be it what it will. The ruling passion conquers reason still. ---->>>

And die of nothing but a rage to live. ---->>>

Men must be taught as if you taught them not, and things unknown proposed as things forgot. ---->>>

A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left. ---->>>

Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly.

Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly.

Never elated when someone's oppressed, never dejected when another one's blessed. ---->>>

Hope travels through, nor quits us when we die. ---->>>

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

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

Tis but a part we see, and not a whole. ---->>>

Extremes in nature equal ends produce; In man they join to some mysterious use. ---->>>

Health consists with temperance alone.

Health consists with temperance alone.

What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease.

What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease.

An honest man's the noblest work of God. ---->>>

The proper study of Mankind is Man. ---->>>

Education forms the common mind. Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined. ---->>>

How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise! ---->>>

Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools. ---->>>

Slave to no sect, who takes no private road, But looks through Nature up to Nature's God. ---->>>

Some old men, continually praise the time of their youth. In fact, you would almost think that there were no fools in their days, but unluckily they themselves are left as an example. ---->>>

Happy the man whose wish and care a few paternal acres bound, content to breathe his native air in his own ground.

Happy the man whose wish and care a few paternal acres bound, content to breathe his native air in his own ground.

Those move easiest who have learn'd to dance. ---->>>

How shall I lose the sin, yet keep the sense, and love the offender, yet detest the offence? ---->>>

Lo! The poor Indian, whose untutored mind sees God in clouds, or hears him in the wind. ---->>>

I find myself hoping a total end of all the unhappy divisions of mankind by party-spirit, which at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few. ---->>>

True politeness consists in being easy one's self, and in making every one about one as easy as one can. ---->>>

Gentle dullness ever loves a joke. ---->>>

Man never thinks himself happy, but when he enjoys those things which others want or desire. ---->>>

Order is heaven's first law. ---->>>

But blind to former as to future fate, what mortal knows his pre-existent state? ---->>>

Passions are the gales of life. ---->>>

Satan is wiser now than before, and tempts by making rich instead of poor. ---->>>

The hungry judges soon the sentence sign, and wretches hang that jurymen may dine. ---->>>

'Tis not enough your counsel still be true; Blunt truths more mischief than nice falsehoods do. ---->>>

Virtue she finds too painful an endeavour, content to dwell in decencies for ever. ---->>>

At ev'ry word a reputation dies. ---->>>

Of Manners gentle, of Affections mild; In Wit a man; Simplicity, a child. ---->>>

And all who told it added something new, and all who heard it, made enlargements too. ---->>>

Like Cato, give his little senate laws, and sit attentive to his own applause. ---->>>

Men would be angels, angels would be gods. ---->>>

One science only will one genius fit; so vast is art, so narrow human wit. ---->>>

Party-spirit at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few. ---->>>

Never was it given to mortal man - To lie so boldly as we women can. ---->>>

Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see, Thinks what ne'er was, nor is, nor e'er shall be. ---->>>

Get place and wealth, if possible with grace; if not, by any means get wealth and place. ---->>>

Pride is still aiming at the best houses: Men would be angels, angels would be gods. Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell; aspiring to be angels men rebel. ---->>>

In words, as fashions, the same rule will hold; Alike fantastic, if too new, or old: Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside. ---->>>

If a man's character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business. ---->>>

Honor and shame from no condition rise. Act well your part: there all the honor lies. ---->>>

'Tis education forms the common mind; just as the twig is bent the tree's inclined. ---->>>

Fools admire, but men of sense approve. ---->>>

A God without dominion, providence, and final causes, is nothing else but fate and nature. ---->>>

A wit with dunces, and a dunce with wits. ---->>>

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

Woman's at best a contradiction still. ---->>>

All nature is but art unknown to thee. ---->>>

For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight, His can't be wrong whose life is in the right. ---->>>

Wit is the lowest form of humor.

Wit is the lowest form of humor.

Not always actions show the man; we find who does a kindness is not therefore kind. ---->>>

The worst of madmen is a saint run mad. ---->>>

Not to go back is somewhat to advance, and men must walk, at least, before they dance. ---->>>

To observations which ourselves we make, we grow more partial for th' observer's sake. ---->>>

A cherub's face, a reptile all the rest. ---->>>

Behold the child, by Nature's kindly law pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw. ---->>>

Fondly we think we honor merit then, When we but praise ourselves in other men. ---->>>

Know then this truth, enough for man to know virtue alone is happiness below. ---->>>

Lo, what huge heaps of littleness around! ---->>>

Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is man. ---->>>

The vulgar boil, the learned roast, an egg. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: English
Born: May 21, 1688
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Die: May 30, 1744
Occupation: Poet
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Alexander Pope (21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744) was an 18th-century English poet. He is best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer, and he is also famous for his use of the heroic couplet. He is the second-most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations after Shakespeare (wikipedia)