Quotation Explorer - 'Alexander Pope'

He who tells a lie is not sensible of how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one. - Alexander Pope
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. - Alexander Pope
To err is human; to forgive, divine. - Alexander Pope
Honor and shame from no condition rise. Act well your part: there all the honor lies. - Alexander Pope
To wake the soul by tender strokes of art,To raise the genius, and to mend the heart - Alexander Pope
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! - Alexander Pope
It is with our judgments as with our watches; no two go just alike, yet each believes his own. - Alexander Pope
A family is but too often a commonwealth of malignants. - Alexander Pope
Envy will merit, as its shade, pursue, But, like the shadow, proves the substance true. - Alexander Pope
Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for a time, leave us the weaker ever after. - Alexander Pope
The Wit of Cheats, the Courage of a Whore,Are what ten thousand envy and adore:All, all look up, with reverential Awe,At crimes that 'scape, or triumph o'er the Law:While Truth, Worth, Wisdom, daily they decry-`'Nothing is sacred now but Villainy'- Epilogue to the Satires, Dialogue I - Alexander Pope
Satire's my weapon, but I'm too discreet To run amuck, and tilt at all I meet. - Alexander Pope
Some people will never learn anything because they understand everything too soon. - Alexander Pope
For forms of Government let fools contest. Whate'er is best administered is best. - Alexander Pope
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So is a lot. - Alexander Pope
The pride of aiming at more knowledge, and pretending to more perfection, is the cause of Man's error and misery. - Alexander Pope
A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words that he is wiser today than he was yesterday. - Alexander Pope
Such laboured' nothings in so strange a style amaze the un-learned and make the learned smile. - Alexander Pope
What then remains, but well our power to use,And keep good humour still whate’er we lose?And trust me, dear, good humour can prevail,When airs, and flights, and screams, and scolding fail.Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll;Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul - Alexander Pope
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. - Alexander Pope
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. - Alexander Pope
Make use of every friend— and every foe. - Alexander Pope
The greatest advantage I know of being thought a wit by the world is that it gives me the greater freedom of playing the fool. - Alexander Pope
Yes, I am proud; I must be proud to seeMen not afraid of God afraid of me. - Alexander Pope
Fools admire, but men of sense approve. - Alexander Pope
One who is too wise an observer of the business of others, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity. - Alexander Pope
If it be the chief point of friendship to comply with a friend's notions and inclinations he possesses this is an eminent degree; he lies down when I sit, and walks when I walk, which is more that many good friends can pretend to do. - Alexander Pope
Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night. God said, "Let Newton be!" and all was light. - Alexander Pope
Thus let me live, unseen, unknown; thus unlamented let me die; steal from the world, and not a stone tell where I lie. - Alexander Pope
How happy is the blameless vestal's lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd; - Alexander Pope
Man: the glory, jest, and riddle of the world. - Alexander Pope
There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit. - Alexander Pope
And all who told it added something new, And all who heard it made enlargements too. - Alexander Pope
For he lives twice who can at once employ,The present well, and e’en the past enjoy. - Alexander Pope
Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. - Alexander Pope
Happy the man, whose wish and careA few paternal acres bound,Content to breathe his native airIn his own ground. - Alexander Pope
Then say not man's imperfect, Heav'n in fault;. Say rather, man's as perfect as he ought. - Alexander Pope
Know thy own point: this kind, this due degreeOf blindness, weakness, Heav'n bestows on thee. - Alexander Pope
Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside. - Alexander Pope
What will a child learn sooner than a song? - Alexander Pope
Hope springs eternal in the human breast; Man never Is, but always To be blest: The soul, uneasy and confin'd from home, Rests and expatiates in a life to come. - Alexander Pope
A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring - Alexander Pope
All this dread order break- for whom? for thee?Vile worm!- oh madness! pride! impiety! - Alexander Pope
Ten censure wrong, for one that writes amiss. - Alexander Pope
Amusement is the happiness of those who cannot think. - Alexander Pope
A man should never be ashamed to own he has been wrong, which is but saying, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday. - Alexander Pope
True wit is nature to advantage dressed;What oft was thought, but ne'er so well expressed. - Alexander Pope
There is no study that is not capable of delighting us, after a little application to it. - Alexander Pope
Be thou the first true merit to befriend, his praise is lost who stays till all commend. - Alexander Pope
Tis education forms the common mind;Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined. - Alexander Pope
To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves. - Alexander Pope
To err is human, to forgive divine. - Alexander Pope
Nor Fame I slight, nor her favors call; She comes unlook'd for, if she comes at all. - Alexander Pope
An honest man is the noblest work of God. - Alexander Pope
Where beams of imagination play,The memory's soft figures melt away. - Alexander Pope
Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night:God said, Let Newton be! and all was light. - Alexander Pope
Know thyself, presume not God to scan;The proper study of mankind is man. - Alexander Pope
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