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

Praise undeserved is satire in disguise.

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

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

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

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

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

They dream in courtship but in wedlock wake.

An honest man's the noblest work of God.

Lo what huge heaps of littleness around!

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.

On wrongs swift vengeance waits.

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

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

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

Fools admire but men of sense approve.

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

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

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

For Forms of Government let fools contest, whatever is best administered is best.

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