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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Man never thinks himself happy but when he enjoys those things which others want or desire.

Know then thyself presume not God to scan, The proper study of mankind is man.

Order is heaven's first law.

Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll, charms strike the sight but merit wins the soul.

Of Manners gentle of Affections mild, In Wit a man, Simplicity a child.

The difference is too nice - Where ends the virtue or begins the vice.

The ruling passion be it what it will. The ruling passion conquers reason still.

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

All are but parts of one stupendous whole Whose body Nature is and God the soul.

But blind to former as to future fate what mortal knows his pre-existent state?

Never elated when someone's oppressed never dejected when another one's blessed.

To observations which ourselves we make we grow more partial for th' observer's sake.

Virtue she finds too painful an endeavour content to dwell in decencies for ever.

To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves.

Some old men continually praise the time of their youth. In fact you would almost think that there were no fools in their days but unluckily they themselves are left as an example.

What some call health if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet isn't much better than tedious disease.

Passions are the gales of life.

'Tis not enough your counsel still be true, Blunt truths more mischief than nice falsehoods do.

The proper study of Mankind is Man.

The same ambition can destroy or save and make a patriot as it makes a knave.

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