Famous Quotes By Alexander Pope


  1. A God without dominion, providence, and final causes, is nothing else but fate and nature.
  2. A little learning is a dangerous thing Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.
  3. 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.
  4. A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left.
  5. All are but parts of one stupendous whole, Whose body Nature is, and God the soul.
  6. All nature is but art unknown to thee.
  7. An honest man's the noblest work of God.
  8. And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in a masquerade.
  9. Behold the child, by Nature's kindly law pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.
  10. But blind to former as to future fate, what mortal knows his pre-existent state?
  11. Education forms the common mind. Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined.
  12. Extremes in nature equal ends produce In man they join to some mysterious use.
  13. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
  14. For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
  15. For Forms of Government let fools contest whatever is best administered is best.
  16. For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight, His can't be wrong whose life is in the right.
  17. Health consists with temperance alone.
  18. Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never is, but always To be Blest.
  19. Hope travels through, nor quits us when we die.
  20. I find myself hoping a total end of all the unhappy divisions of mankind by party-spirit, which at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.
  21. If a man's character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
  22. Know then this truth, enough for man to know virtue alone is happiness below.
  23. Know then thyself, presume not God to scan The proper study of mankind is man.
  24. Lo! The poor Indian, whose untutored mind sees God in clouds, or hears him in the wind.
  25. Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.
  26. Nature and nature's laws lay hid in the night. God said, Let Newton be! and all was light!
  27. Never was it given to mortal man - To lie so boldly as we women can.
  28. 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.
  29. One science only will one genius fit so vast is art, so narrow human wit.
  30. Party-spirit at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.
  31. 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.
  32. Slave to no sect, who takes no private road, But looks through Nature up to Nature's God.
  33. So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
  34. 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.
  35. Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.
  36. The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read With loads of learned lumber in his head.
  37. The learned is happy, nature to explore The fool is happy, that he knows no more.
  38. The most positive men are the most credulous.
  39. 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.
  40. They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake.
  41. Tis but a part we see, and not a whole.
  42. 'Tis education forms the common mind just as the twig is bent the tree's inclined.
  43. To err is human to forgive, divine.
  44. True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those who move easiest have learned to dance.
  45. Trust not yourself, but your defects to know, make use of every friend and every foe.
  46. What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease.
  47. Wit is the lowest form of humor.
  48. Woman's at best a contradiction still.

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