Alexander Pope quotes

Born
21 May 1688 London, England.

Died
30 May 1744.

Occupation
Poet.

Alexander Pope 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.

On wrongs swift vengeance waits.
– Alexander Pope

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

Never find fault with the absent.
– Alexander Pope

So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
– Alexander Pope

To err is human; to forgive, divine.
– Alexander Pope

Trust not yourself, but your defects to know, make use of every friend and every foe.
– Alexander Pope

An honest man’s the noblest work of God.
– Alexander Pope

On life’s vast ocean diversely we sail. Reasons the card, but passion the gale.
– Alexander Pope

Praise undeserved, is satire in disguise.
– Alexander Pope

Not to go back is somewhat to advance, and men must walk, at least, before they dance.
– 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

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
– Alexander Pope

For Forms of Government let fools contest; whatever is best administered is best.
– Alexander Pope

There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit.
– Alexander Pope

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

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

The vulgar boil, the learned roast, an egg.
– Alexander Pope

Like Cato, give his little senate laws, and sit attentive to his own applause.
– Alexander Pope

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

Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools.
– Alexander Pope

Get place and wealth, if possible with grace; if not, by any means get wealth and place.
– Alexander Pope
A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.
– Alexander Pope
‘Tis education forms the common mind; just as the twig is bent the tree’s inclined.
– Alexander Pope
Man never thinks himself happy, but when he enjoys those things which others want or desire.
– Alexander Pope
Who shall decide when doctors disagree, And soundest casuists doubt, like you and me?
– Alexander Pope
Never elated when someone’s oppressed, never dejected when another one’s blessed.
– Alexander Pope
Fools admire, but men of sense approve.
– Alexander Pope
Act well your part, there all the honour lies.
– Alexander Pope
And all who told it added something new, and all who heard it, made enlargements too.
– Alexander Pope
Never was it given to mortal man – To lie so boldly as we women can.
– Alexander Pope
Of Manners gentle, of Affections mild; In Wit a man; Simplicity, a child.
– Alexander Pope
All are but parts of one stupendous whole, Whose body Nature is, and God the soul.
– Alexander Pope
Health consists with temperance alone.
– Alexander Pope
A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left.
– Alexander Pope
The learned is happy, nature to explore; The fool is happy, that he knows no more.
– Alexander Pope
Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed was the ninth beatitude.
– Alexander Pope
Satan is wiser now than before, and tempts by making rich instead of poor.
– Alexander Pope
Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never is, but always to be blest.
– Alexander Pope
Lo! The poor Indian, whose untutored mind sees God in clouds, or hears him in the wind.
– Alexander Pope
And, after all, what is a lie? ‘Tis but the truth in a masquerade.
– Alexander Pope
Education forms the common mind. Just as the twig is bent, the tree’s inclined.
– Alexander Pope
Virtue she finds too painful an endeavour, content to dwell in decencies for ever.
– Alexander Pope
How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot? The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
– Alexander Pope
Order is heaven’s first law.
– Alexander Pope
The proper study of Mankind is Man.
– Alexander Pope
Hope travels through, nor quits us when we die.
A brain of feathers, and a heart of lead.
– Alexander Pope
They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake.
– Alexander Pope
Fondly we think we honor merit then, When we but praise ourselves in other men.
– Alexander Pope
Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
– Alexander Pope
Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is man.
– Alexander Pope
Not always actions show the man; we find who does a kindness is not therefore kind.
– Alexander Pope
A wit with dunces, and a dunce with wits.
– Alexander Pope
For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight, His can’t be wrong whose life is in the right.
– Alexander Pope
Know then this truth, enough for man to know virtue alone is happiness below.
– Alexander Pope
Woman’s at best a contradiction still.
– 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
The same ambition can destroy or save, and make a patriot as it makes a knave.
– Alexander Pope
‘Tis not enough your counsel still be true; Blunt truths more mischief than nice falsehoods do.
– 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
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
All nature is but art unknown to thee.
– Alexander Pope
The greatest magnifying glasses in the world are a man’s own eyes when they look upon his own person.
– Alexander Pope
Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
– Alexander Pope
The difference is too nice – Where ends the virtue or begins the vice.
– 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
The hungry judges soon the sentence sign, and wretches hang that jurymen may dine.
– Alexander Pope
Men must be taught as if you taught them not, and things unknown proposed as things forgot.
– Alexander Pope
Those move easiest who have learn’d to dance.
– Alexander Pope
How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!
– Alexander Pope
Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly.
– Alexander Pope
A cherub’s face, a reptile all the rest.
– Alexander Pope
Passions are the gales of life.
– Alexander Pope
What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn’t much better than tedious disease.
– 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
And die of nothing but a rage to live.
– Alexander Pope