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Alexander Pope

Famous Alexander Pope Quotes


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  • Heaven first taught letters for some wretch’s aid, Some banish’d lover, or some captive maid.

  • Manners with fortunes, humours turn with climes, Tenets with books, and principles with times.

  • ’T is true,’t is certain; man though dead retains, Part of himself: the immortal mind remains.

  • Words are like leaves; and where they most abound, Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found.

  • Lend, lend your wings! I mount! I fly! O grave! where is thy victory? O death! where is thy sting?

  • Reason’s whole pleasure, all the joys of sense, Lie in three words — health, peace, and competence.

  • Heaven from all creatures hides the book of Fate, All but the page prescrib’d, their present state.

  • I never knew any man in my life who could not bear another’s misfortunes perfectly like a Christian.

  • Means not, but blunders round about a meaning; And he whose fustian’s so sublimely bad, It is not poetry, but prose run mad.

  • Curse on all laws but those which love has made! Love, free as air at sight of human ties, Spreads his light wings, and in a moment flies.

  • It is not strength, but art, obtains the prize, And to be swift is less than to be wise.’T is more by art than force of num’rous strokes.

  • Stuff the head, With all such reading as was never read: For thee explain a thing till all men doubt it, And write about it, goddess, and about it.

  • Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never is, but always to be blest. The soul, uneasy and confined from home, Rests and expatiates in a life to come.

  • A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely sobers us again.

  • A brave man struggling in the storms of fate, And greatly falling with a falling state. While Cato gives his little senate laws, What bosom beats not in his country’s cause?

  • Chiefs who no more in bloody fights engage, But wise through time, and narrative with age, In summer-days like grasshoppers rejoice — A bloodless race, that send a feeble voice.

  • Of all the causes which conspire to blind, Man’s erring judgment, and misguide the mind; What the weak head with strongest bias rules — Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools.

  • Like leaves on trees the race of man is found — Now green in youth, now withering on the ground; Another race the following spring supplies: They fall successive, and successive rise.

  • True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, As those move easiest who have learn’d to dance.’T is not enough no harshness gives offence — The sound must seem an echo to the sense.

  • All nature is but art, unknown to thee; All chance, direction, which thou canst not see; All discord, harmony not understood; All partial evil, universal good; And spite of pride, in erring reason’s spite, One truth is clear, Whatever is, is right.

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