Alexander Pope Quotes

Who is Alexander Pope?

Alexander Pope was an English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period and one of its greatest artistic exponents.

Born May 21, 1688
Died May 30, 1744

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Best 20 Quotes by Alexander Pope

“Act well your part, there all the honour lies.”

Alexander Pope

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

Alexander Pope

“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”

Alexander Pope

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

Alexander Pope

“If you want to know what God thinks about money just look at the people He gives it to.”

Alexander Pope

“On wrongs swift vengeance waits.”

Alexander Pope

“You purchase pain with all that joy can give and die of nothing but a rage to live.”

Alexander Pope

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“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

An Essay On Criticism Quotes

“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
An Essay On Criticism

“Authors are partial to their wit, 'tis true,
But are not critics to their judgment, too?”

Alexander Pope
An Essay On Criticism

“Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.”

Alexander Pope
An Essay On Criticism

“Our judgments, like our watches, none
go just alike, yet each believes his own.”

Alexander Pope
An Essay On Criticism

“To err is human; to forgive, divine.”

Alexander Pope
An Essay On Criticism

“True ease in writing comes from art, not chance,
As those move easiest who have learn'd to dance.”

Alexander Pope
An Essay On Criticism

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

Alexander Pope
An Essay On Criticism

Eloisa to Abelard Quotes

“Death, only death, can break the lasting chain;
And here, ev'n then, shall my cold dust remain”

Alexander Pope
Eloisa to Abelard

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“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;
Labour and rest, that equal periods keep;
Obedient slumbers that can wake and weep.”

Alexander Pope
Eloisa to Abelard

The Rape of the Lock Quotes

“Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll;
Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.”

Alexander Pope
The Rape of the Lock

“Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.”

Alexander Pope
The Rape of the Lock

“What dire offence from am'rous causes springs,
What mighty contests rise from trivial things,...”

Alexander Pope
The Rape of the Lock