Alexander Pope Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Alexander Pope quotes and Alexander Pope sayings, and Alexander Pope proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Alexander Pope (21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744) was an 18th-century English poet. He is best known for his satirical verse, his translation of Homer and for his use of the heroic couplet. He is the second-most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations after Shakespeare.

"In cold December fragrant chaplets blow, And heavy harvests nod beneath the snow."

Alexander Pope

"Hear how the birds, on every blooming spray, With joyous music wake the dawning day."

Alexander Pope

"All gardening is landscape painting."

Alexander Pope

"And all who told it added something new, And all who heard it made enlargements too."

Alexander Pope

"Two purposes in human nature rule. Self- love to urge, and reason to restrain."

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"The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d"

Alexander Pope

"Love, free as air at sight of human ties, Spreads his light wings, and in a moment flies."

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"Honor and shame from no condition rise; act well your part, there all the honor lies."

Alexander Pope

"Good God! How often are we to die before we go quite off this stage? In every friend we lose a part of ourselves, and the best part."

Alexander Pope

"We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow. Our wiser sons, no doubt will think us so."

Alexander Pope

"It is with our judgments as with our watches: no two go just alike, yet each believes his own."

Alexander Pope

"For virtue’s self may too much zeal be had; the worst of madmen is a saint run mad."

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"An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie; for an excuse is a lie guarded."

Alexander Pope

"Do you find yourself making excuses when you do not perform? Shed the excuses and face reality. Excuses are the loser’s way out. They will mar your credibility and stunt your personal growth."

Alexander Pope

"Good God! How often are we to die before we go quite off this stage? In every friend we lose a part of ourselves, and the best part"

Alexander Pope

"Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed."

Alexander Pope

"Thus sung the shepherds till th’ approach of night, The skies yet blushing with departing light, When falling dews with spangles deck’d the glade, And the low sun had lengthened every shade."

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"Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing"

Alexander Pope

"In pride, in reasoning pride, our error lies; All quit their sphere and rush into the skies. Pride still is aiming at the bless’d abodes, Men would be angels, angels would be gods."

Alexander Pope

"Ambition first sprung from your blest abodes; The glorious fault of Angels and of Gods."

Alexander Pope

"A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying… that he is wiser today than he was yesterday."

Alexander Pope

"A little learning is a dangerous thing."

Alexander Pope

"Hope springs eternal."

Alexander Pope

"Fools rush in where wise men fear to tread."

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

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

"The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read, With loads of learned lumber in his head."

Alexander Pope

"Behold the child, by Nature’s kindly law pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw."

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

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"For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight, His can’t be wrong whose life is in the right."

Alexander Pope

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