118+ Best Alexander Pope Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Alexander Pope is regarded as the greatest English poet of his age, the early eighteenth century. He is best known for his satirical and discursive poetry, which includes The Rape of the Lock, The Dunciad, and An Essay on Criticism, as well as for his translation of Homer. Famous Alexander Pope quotes will get you thinking, enrich your perspective, and bring the best out of you.

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Alexander Pope Quotes

  • The world forgetting, by the world forgot. — Alexander Pope
  • A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left. — Alexander Pope
  • Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. — 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
  • A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep or taste not the Pierian spring. — 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
  • To err is human, to forgive, divine. — Alexander Pope
  • Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man, never is, but always to be blest. — Alexander Pope
  • Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul. — Alexander Pope
  • Every professional was once an amateur. — Alexander Pope
  • Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. — Alexander Pope
  • To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves. — Alexander Pope
  • A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words that he is wiser today than he was yesterday. — Alexander Pope
  • The greatest magnifying glasses in the world are a man’s own eyes when they look upon his own person. — Alexander Pope
  • If you want to know what God thinks about money just look at the people He gives it to. — Alexander Pope
  • The proper study of Mankind is Man. — Alexander Pope
  • A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity. — Alexander Pope
  • You purchase pain with all that joy can give and die of nothing but a rage to live. — Alexander Pope
  • Honor and shame from no condition rise. Act well your part: there all the honor lies. — Alexander Pope
  • Education forms the common mind. Just as the twig is bent, the tree’s inclined. — Alexander Pope
  • Nature and nature’s laws lay hid in the night. God said, Let Newton be! and all was light! — Alexander Pope
  • The same ambition can destroy or save and make a patriot as it makes a knave. — Alexander Pope
  • Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon. — Alexander Pope
  • Satan is wiser now than before and tempts by making rich instead of poor. — Alexander Pope
  • Words are like leaves; and where they most abound, much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found. — Alexander Pope
  • 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. — Alexander Pope
  • Act well your part, there all the honor lies. — 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
  • 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
  • Learning is like mercury, one of the most powerful and excellent things in the world in skillful hands; in unskillful, the most mischievous. — Alexander Pope
  • All Nature is but art, unknown to thee; All chance, direction, which thou canst not see; All discord, harmony not understood; All partial evil, universal good. — 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
  • A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink of it deeply, or taste it not, for shallow thoughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking deeply sobers us again. — Alexander Pope
  • Vice is a monster of so frightful mien as to be hated needs but to be seen; Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, we first endure, then pity, then embrace. — Alexander Pope
  • Pride is still aiming at the best houses: Men would be angels; angels would be gods. Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell; aspiring to be angels men rebel. — Alexander Pope
  • The ruling passion, be it what it will. The ruling passion conquers reason still. — Alexander Pope
  • On wrongs swift vengeance waits. — Alexander Pope
  • No woman ever hates a man for being in love with her, but many a woman hate a man for being a friend to her. — Alexander Pope
  • The difference is too nice – Where ends the virtue or begins the vice. — Alexander Pope
  • On life’s vast ocean diversely, we sail. Reasons the card, but passion the gale. — Alexander Pope
  • All are but parts of one stupendous whole, whose body Nature is, and God the soul. — Alexander Pope
  • Lulled in the countless chambers of the brain, our thoughts are linked by many a hidden chain; awake but one, and in, what myriads rise! — Alexander Pope
  • There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit. — Alexander Pope
  • Slave to no sect, who takes no private road, but looks through Nature up to Nature’s God. — Alexander Pope
  • The hungry judges soon the sentence sign, and wretches hang that jurymen may dine. — Alexander Pope
  • How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise! — Alexander Pope
  • Never elated when someone’s oppressed, never dejected when another one’s blessed. — Alexander Pope
  • Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll; charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul. — Alexander Pope
  • True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those move easiest who have learn’d to dance. — Alexander Pope
  • Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing. — Alexander Pope
  • The worst of madmen is a saint run mad. — Alexander Pope
  • 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. — Alexander Pope
  • What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn’t much better than tedious disease. — Alexander Pope
  • Never find fault with the absent. — Alexander Pope
  • Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends. — Alexander Pope
  • Be not the first by whom the new are tried, nor yet the last to lay the old aside. — Alexander Pope
  • For Forms of Government let fools contest; whatever is best administered is best. — Alexander Pope
  • Trust not yourself, but your defects to know, make use of every friend and every foe. — Alexander Pope
  • For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight, His can’t be wrong whose life is in the right. — Alexander Pope
  • Health consists with temperance alone. — Alexander Pope
  • Fools admire, but men of sense approve. — Alexander Pope
  • A brain of feathers, and a heart of lead. — Alexander Pope
  • The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read, With loads of learned lumber in his head. — Alexander Pope
  • Wit is the lowest form of humor. — Alexander Pope
  • Praise undeserved, is satire in disguise. — Alexander Pope
  • Lo! The poor Indian, whose untutored mind sees God in clouds, or hears him in the wind. — Alexander Pope
  • Party-spirit at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few. — Alexander Pope
  • Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for a time, leave us the weaker ever after. — Alexander Pope
  • Remembrance and reflection how allied. What thin partitions divides sense from thought. — Alexander Pope
  • ‘Tis education forms the common mind; just as the twig is bent the tree’s inclined. — Alexander Pope
  • Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is man. — Alexander Pope
  • And, after all, what is a lie? ‘Tis but the truth in a masquerade. — Alexander Pope
  • Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed was the ninth beatitude. — Alexander Pope
  • How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot? The world forgetting, by the world forgot. — Alexander Pope
  • Of Manners gentle, of Affections mild; In Wit a man; Simplicity, a child. — Alexander Pope
  • But blind to former as to future fate, what mortal knows his pre-existent state? — Alexander Pope
  • ‘Tis not enough your counsel still be true; Blunt truths more mischief than nice falsehoods do. — Alexander Pope
  • A God without dominion, providence, and final causes, is nothing else but fate and nature. — Alexander Pope
  • To observations which ourselves we make, we grow more partial for th’ observer’s sake. — Alexander Pope
  • Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly. — Alexander Pope
  • The most positive men are the most credulous. — Alexander Pope
  • Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see, thinks what ne’er was, nor is, nor e’er shall be. — Alexander Pope
  • Order is heaven’s first law. — Alexander Pope
  • Extremes in nature equal ends produce; In man they join to some mysterious use. — Alexander Pope
  • Behold the child, by Nature’s kindly law pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw. — Alexander Pope
  • Men would be angels; angels would be gods. — Alexander Pope
  • And all who told it added something new, and all who heard it, made enlargements too. — Alexander Pope
  • True politeness consists in being easy one’s self, and in making everyone about one as easy as one can. — Alexander Pope
  • Happy the man whose wish and care a few paternal acres bound, content to breathe his native air in his own ground. — Alexander Pope
  • Know then this truth, enough for man to know virtue alone is happiness below. — Alexander Pope
  • Passions are the gales of life. — Alexander Pope
  • Fondly we think we honor merit then, when we but praise ourselves in other men. — Alexander Pope
  • Not to go back is somewhat to advance, and men must walk, at least, before they dance. — Alexander Pope
  • One science only will one genius fit; so vast is art, so narrow human wit. — Alexander Pope
  • Like Cato, give his little senate laws, and sit attentive to his own applause. — Alexander Pope
  • Who shall decide when doctors disagree, And soundest casuists doubt, like you and me? — Alexander Pope
  • Get place and wealth, if possible, with grace; if not, by any means get wealth and place. — Alexander Pope
  • Gentle dullness ever loves a joke. — Alexander Pope
  • If a man’s character is to be abused there’s nobody like a relative to do the business. — Alexander Pope
  • 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. — Alexander Pope
  • So vast is art, so narrow human wit. — Alexander Pope
  • An honest man’s the noblest work of God. — Alexander Pope
  • They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake. — Alexander Pope
  • A wit with dunces, and a dunce with wits. — Alexander Pope
  • Virtue she finds too painful an endeavor, content to dwell in decencies forever. — Alexander Pope
  • The vulgar boil, the learned roast, an egg. — Alexander Pope
  • Those move easiest who have learn’d to dance. — Alexander Pope
  • Never was it given to mortal man – To lie so boldly as we women can. — Alexander Pope
  • But Satan now is wiser than of yore, and tempts by making rich, not making poor. — Alexander Pope
  • The learned is happy, nature to explore; The fool is happy, that he knows no more. — Alexander Pope
  • Not always actions show the man; we find who does a kindness is not therefore kind. — Alexander Pope
  • Men must be taught as if you taught them not, and things unknown proposed as things forgot. — Alexander Pope
  • Man never thinks himself happy, but when he enjoys those things which others want or desire. — Alexander Pope
  • How shall I lose the sin, yet keep the sense, and love the offender, yet detest the offence? — Alexander Pope
  • And die of nothing but a rage to live. — Alexander Pope
  • Tis but a part we see, and not a whole. — Alexander Pope
  • Woman’s at best a contradiction still. — Alexander Pope
  • Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools. — Alexander Pope

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