Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope

English poet

Lived from: 1688-1744

Category: Poets (Contemporary)

Quotes: Alexander Pope

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    And all who told it added something new, and all who heard it, made enlargements too.
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    And die of nothing but a rage to live.
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    And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in a masquerade.
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    At every trifle take offense, that always shows great pride or little sense.
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    At every word a reputation dies.
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    Be not the first by which a new thing is tried, or the last to lay the old aside.
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    Be not the first by whom the new are tried, nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
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    Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll; charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
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    Behold the child, by nature's kindly law, pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.
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    Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
    Source: Letter to William Fortescue (23 september 1725)
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    Blest paper-credit! last and best supply! That lends corruption lighter wings to fly!
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    But blind to former as to future fate, what mortal knows his pre-existent state?
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    But Satan now is wiser than of yore, and tempts by making rich, not making poor.
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    But thousands die without or this or that, die, and endow a college, or a cat: To some, indeed, Heaven grants the happier fate, Tenrich a bastard, or a son they hate.
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    But when mischief mortals bend their will,
    How soon they find fit instruments of ill!
    Source: Rape of the Lock (1712) Canto III, 125