Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope

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.

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The worst of madmen is a saint run mad.

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

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

And die of nothing but a rage to live.

Gentle dullness ever loves a joke.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

The world forgetting by the world forgot.

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

Wit is the lowest form of humor.

A wit with dunces and a dunce with wits.

Charms strike the sight but merit wins the soul.

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

The most positive men are the most credulous.

At ev'ry word a reputation dies.

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

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