41 Poetic quotes from Alexander Pope

Considered one of the great English poets, Alexander Pope lived from 1688 to 1744. His most famous works include The Rape of the Lock, The Dunciad, and An Essay on Criticism.

Below are some of his best quotes.

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Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed was the ninth beatitude.
Alexander Pope
Wine works the heart up, wakes the wit, there is no cure 'gainst age but it.
Alexander Pope
What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease.
Alexander Pope
On life's vast ocean diversely we sail. Reasons the card, but passion the gale.
Alexander Pope
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.
Alexander Pope
Truth needs not flowers of speech.
Alexander Pope
As with narrow-necked bottles; the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring out.
Alexander Pope
To swear is neither brave, polite, nor wise.
Alexander Pope
Fine sense and exalted sense are not half so useful as common sense. There are forty men of wit for one man of sense; and he that will carry nothing about him but gold, will be every day at a loss for want of readier change.
Alexander Pope
To err is human; to forgive, divine.
Alexander Pope
Sleep and death, two twins of winged race, of matchless swiftness, but of silent pace.
Alexander Pope
Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.
Alexander Pope
Teach me to feel another's woe, to hide the fault I see, that mercy I to others show, that mercy show to me.
Alexander Pope
There is a majesty in simplicity.
Alexander Pope
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
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.
Alexander Pope
All looks yellow to a jaundiced eye that habitually compares everything to something better. But by changing that habit to comparing everything to something worse, even making it a game, that person can find gratitude, relief and happiness where-ever they go and whatever they experience, guaranteed!
Alexander Pope
Act well your part, there all the honour lies.
Alexander Pope
Every professional was once an amateur.
Alexander Pope
Strength of mind is exercise, not rest.
Alexander Pope
Men must be taught as if you taught them not, and things unknown proposed as things forgot.
Alexander Pope
Learning is like mercury, one of the most powerful and excellent things in the world in skilful hands; in unskillful, the most mischievous.
Alexander Pope
Words are like Leaves; and where they most abound, Much Fruit of Sense beneath is rarely found.
Alexander Pope
The best way to prove the clearness of our mind, is by showing its faults; as when a stream discovers the dirt at the bottom, it convinces us of the transparency and purity of the water.
Alexander Pope
We ought, in humanity, no more to despise a man for the misfortunes of the mind than for those of the body, when they are such as he cannot help; were this thoroughly considered we should no more laugh at a man for having his brains cracked than for having his head broke.
Alexander Pope
O peace! how many wars were waged in thy name.
Alexander Pope
Women use lovers as they do cards; they play with them a while, and when they have got all they can by them, throw them away, call for new ones, and then perhaps lose by the new all they got by the old ones.
Alexander Pope
A youth of frolic, an old age of cards.
Alexander Pope
Great oaks grow from little acorns. He has a green thumb. He has green fingers. He's sowing his wild oats. Here Ceres' gifts in waving prospect stand, And nodding tempt the joyful reaper's hand.
Alexander Pope
It often happens that those are the best people whose characters have been most injured by slanderers: as we usually find that to be the sweetest fruit which the birds have been picking at.
Alexander Pope
Eve left Adam, to meet the Devil in private.
Alexander Pope
As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.
Alexander Pope
To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves.
Alexander Pope
The greatest magnifying glasses in the world are a man's own eyes when they look upon his own person.
Alexander Pope
He who serves his brother best gets nearer God than all the rest.
Alexander Pope
The vanity of human life is like a river, constantly passing away, and yet constantly coming on.
Alexander Pope
An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie; for an excuse is a lie guarded.
Alexander Pope
Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.
Alexander Pope
This long disease, my life.
Alexander Pope
What is it to be wise? 'Tis but to know how little can be known, To see all others' faults, and feel our own.
Alexander Pope
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