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350 Inspiring Quotes by Alexander Pope

  • Last updated Jul 26 2021

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Wikipedia Summary for Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope (21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744) was a poet and satirist of the Augustan period and one of its greatest artistic exponents. Considered the foremost English poet of the early 18th century and a master of the heroic couplet, he is best known for satirical and discursive poetry, including The Rape of the Lock, The Dunciad, and An Essay on Criticism, and for his translation of Homer. After Shakespeare, he is the second-most quoted author in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, some of his verses having entered common parlance (e. g., damning with faint praise).

lighted candle in dark room

Taste is a rare to be found as a true genius. That most men are born with some taste.

--Alexander Pope

lights pattern swirls

Who finds not Providence all good and wise, Alike in what it gives, and what denies.

--Alexander Pope

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

Whether the charmer sinner it, or saint it, If folly grow romantic, I must paint it.

--Alexander Pope

moon near mountain ridge

Thus God and nature linked the gen'ral frame, And bade self-love and social be the same.

--Alexander Pope

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left.

--Alexander Pope

multicolored abstract painting

Ask you what provocation I have had? The strong antipathy of good to bad.

--Alexander Pope

gray wooden house on green plains near mountain range at daytime

What Reason weaves, by Passion is undone.

--Alexander Pope

green mountain ]

How happy is the blameless vestal's lot? The world forgetting, by the world forgot.

--Alexander Pope

Longer Version:

How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d


bonfire in forest

Know, Nature's children all divide her care, The fur that warms a monarch warmed a bear.

--Alexander Pope

full moon during day

See Christians, Jews, one heavy sabbath keep, And all the western world believe and sleep.

--Alexander Pope

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

Behold the groves that shine with silver frost, their beauty withered, and their verdure lost!

--Alexander Pope

man and woman in cowboy hat

Hope travels through, nor quits us when we die.

--Alexander Pope

landscape photography of green tree

They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake.

--Alexander Pope

forest and body of water

Still when the lust of tyrant power succeeds, some Athens perishes, or some Tully bleeds.

--Alexander Pope


foggy mountain summit

But thinks, admitted to that equal sky, His faithful dog shall bear him company.

--Alexander Pope

man and woman kissing

Our judgments, like our watches, none go just alike, yet each believes his own.

--Alexander Pope

pink and green flower painting

Live like yourself, was soon my lady's word, And lo! two puddings smok'd upon the board.

--Alexander Pope

gray concrete floor

But see, the shepherds shun the noonday heat,

The lowing herds to murmuring brooks retreat,

To closer shades the panting flocks remove;

Ye gods! And is there no relief for love?

--Alexander Pope

gray concrete surface

The vanity of human life is like a river, constantly passing away, and yet constantly coming on.

--Alexander Pope


sunset

Coffee, (which makes the politician wise, And see thro' all things with his half-shut eyes).

--Alexander Pope

galaxy wallpaper

Whenever I find a great deal of gratitude in a poor man, I take it for granted there would be as much generosity if he were a rich man.

--Alexander Pope

pink flower

True friendship's laws are by this rule express'd,
Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest.

--Alexander Pope

Arizona landscape

I am satisfied to trifle away my time, rather than let it stick by me.

--Alexander Pope

seashore during golden hour

If, where the rules not far enough extend,
(Since rules were made but to promote their end)
Some lucky licence answer to the full
The intent proposed, that licence is a rule.

--Alexander Pope

close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand

True wit is nature to advantage dressed;
What oft was thought, but ne'er so well expressed.

--Alexander Pope

Longer Version:

True Wit is Nature to advantage dress'd What oft was thought, but ne'er so well express'd; Something whose truth convinced at sight we find, That gives us back the image of our mind. As shades more sweetly recommend the light, So modest plainness sets off sprightly wit.


couple kissing under gray clouds

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

--Alexander Pope

person holding flowers

In search of wit these lose their common sense.

--Alexander Pope

purple and white clouds during night time

Music resembles poetry, in each
Are nameless graces which no methods teach,
And which a master hand alone can reach.

--Alexander Pope

Light blue to purple gradient

A king may be a tool, a thing of straw; but if he serves to frighten our enemies, and secure our property, it is well enough; a scarecrow is a thing of straw, but it protects the corn.

--Alexander Pope


rainbow desert

Those half-learn'd witlings, num'rous in our isle
As half-form'd insects on the banks of Nile.

--Alexander Pope

couple sitting near trees during golden hour

Words are like Leaves; and where they most abound,
Much Fruit of Sense beneath is rarely found.

--Alexander Pope

None

Philosophy, that leaned on Heaven before,
Shrinks to her second cause, and is no more.

--Alexander Pope

yellow sunflower in bloom during daytime

Wretches hang that jurymen may dine.

--Alexander Pope

yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime

True politeness consists in being easy one's self, and in making every one about one as easy as one can.

--Alexander Pope

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

Nothing is more certain than much of the force; as well as grace, of arguments or instructions depends their conciseness.

--Alexander Pope

close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand

Still follow sense, of ev'ry art the soul, Parts answering parts shall slide into a whole.

--Alexander Pope

green leafed trees

The difference is too nice -- Where ends the virtue or begins the vice.

--Alexander Pope

white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

Those oft are stratagems which errors seem Nor is it Homer nods, but we that dream.

--Alexander Pope

purple flower in tilt shift lens

Absent or dead, still let a friend be dear.

--Alexander Pope

green background

Every man has just as much vanity as he wants understanding.

--Alexander Pope

view of mountaintops with clouds

Chiefs who no more in bloody fights engage, But wise through time, and narrative with age, In summer days like grasshoppers rejoice. A bloodless race, that send a feeble voice.

--Alexander Pope

sunflowers

Is it, in heav'n, a crime to love too well?

--Alexander Pope

brown wooden board

There is nothing wanting to make all rational and disinterested people in the world of one religion, but that they should talk together every day.

--Alexander Pope

sunset with storm clouds

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

sealion surrounded by rocks during daytime

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

shallow focus photography of brown and black bird

All chance, direction, which thou canst not see.

--Alexander Pope

woman in white shirt sitting on brown rock near lake during daytime

The life of a wit is a warfare upon earth.

--Alexander Pope

green plants beside brown wooden door

Sole judge of Truth, in endless Error hurled:
The glory, jest, and riddle of the world!

--Alexander Pope

seashore at daytime

It is sure the hardest science to forget!

--Alexander Pope

couple kissing under gray clouds

And die of nothing but a rage to live.

--Alexander Pope

golden retriever inside car

Fair tresses man's imperial race ensnare; And beauty draws us with a single hair.

--Alexander Pope

body of water

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

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

Good sense, which only is the gift of Heaven, And though no science, fairly worth the seven.

--Alexander Pope

selective photography of green leaf plant

Here thou, great Anna! Whom three realms obey, Dost sometimes counsel take--and sometimes tea.

--Alexander Pope

boat docked near house

The proper study of Mankind is Man.

--Alexander Pope

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

Not always actions show the man; we find who does a kindness is not therefore kind.

--Alexander Pope

man and woman kissing beside body of water during daytime

And empty heads console with empty sound.

--Alexander Pope

None

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

--Alexander Pope

None

To endeavor to work upon the vulgar with fine sense is like attempting to hew blocks with a razor.

--Alexander Pope

red textile on brown wooden table

Why did I write? whose sin to me unknown
Dipt me in ink, my parents', or my own?
As yet a child, nor yet a fool to fame,
I lisp'd in numbers, for the numbers came.

--Alexander Pope

white clouds and blue sky during daytime

Lo! the poor Indian! whose untutor'd mind

Sees God in clouds, or hears him in the wind;

His soul proud Science never taught to stray

Far as the solar walk or milky way.

--Alexander Pope

closeup photography of black and brown bird

Bear, like the Turk, no brother near the throne.

--Alexander Pope

pink cherry blossom tree under blue sky during daytime

Fortune in men has some small diff'rence made,
One flaunts in rags, one flutters in brocade,
The cobbler apron'd, and the parson gown'd,
The friar hooded, and the monarch crown'd.

--Alexander Pope

close up photography of moon

Hills peep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise.

--Alexander Pope

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

A small pebble stirs the peaceful lake; The circle mov'd, a circle straight succeeds, Another still, and still another spreads.

--Alexander Pope

tall trees with dried leaves on ground

Fame can never make us lie down contentedly on a deathbed.

--Alexander Pope

pink flowers with white background

A cherub's face, a reptile all the rest.

--Alexander Pope

silhouette of praying man

Our rural ancestors, with little blest, Patient of labor when the end was rest, Indulged the day that housed their annual grain, With feasts, and off'rings, and a thankful strain.

--Alexander Pope

white brick wall

Envy will merit as its shade pursue, But like a shadow, proves the substance true.

--Alexander Pope

snow covered mountain under blue sky during daytime

'Tis not enough your counsel still be true; Blunt truths more mischief than nice falsehoods do.

--Alexander Pope

pink flower

Who pants for glory, finds but short repose; A breath revives him, or a breath o'erthrows.

--Alexander Pope


landscape photography of brown mountains

The Physician, by the study and inspection of urine and ordure, approves himself in the science; and in like sort should our author accustom and exercise his imagination upon the dregs of nature.

--Alexander Pope

white wall paint with white wall paint

Who combats bravely is not therefore brave, He dreads a death-bed like the meanest slave: Who reasons wisely is not therefore wise,- His pride in reasoning, not in acting lies.

--Alexander Pope

photo of gray moon

Index-learning turns no student pale,

Yet holds the eel of Science by the tail.

Index-learning is a term used to mock pretenders who acquire superficial knowledge merely by consulting indexes.

--Alexander Pope

sunset highway

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

--Alexander Pope

person wearing black top

Then marble, soften'd into life, grew warm.

--Alexander Pope

black bird flying on white background

Some place the bliss in action, some in ease,
Those call it pleasure, and contentment these.

--Alexander Pope

body of water

The young disease, that must subdue at length, Grows with his growth, and strengthens with his strength.

--Alexander Pope

aerial shot of road surrounded by green trees

Who are next to knaves? Those that converse with them.

--Alexander Pope

yellow green leaf

But honest instinct comes a volunteer; Sure never to o'er-shoot, but just to hit, While still too wide or short in human wit.

--Alexander Pope

sealion surrounded by rocks during daytime

Giving advice is many times only the privilege of saying a foolish thing one's self, under the pretense of hindering another from doing one.

--Alexander Pope

yellow flower field near mountain during daytime

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

--Alexander Pope

purple flower in tilt shift lens

Love the offender, yet detest the offense.

--Alexander Pope

brown and black train track in between trees phtoography

Every woman is at heart a rake.

--Alexander Pope

seashore during golden hour

What woeful stuff this madrigal would be, In some starved hackney sonneteer, or me! But let a lord once own the happy lines, How the wit brightens! how the style refines!

--Alexander Pope

fawn pug eating food

Wit is the lowest form of humor.

--Alexander Pope

brown rock formation

Let such teach others who themselves excel, And censure freely who have written well.

--Alexander Pope

houses and trees during nighttime

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

--Alexander Pope

Longer Version:

Behold the child, by Nature's kindly law, Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw; Some livelier plaything gives his youth delight, A little louder, but as empty quite; Scarfs, garters, gold, amuse his riper stage, And beads and prayer-books are the toys of age. Pleased with this bauble still, as that before, Till tired he sleeps, and life's poor play is o'er.


flat lay photography teacup on top of saucer

Fine sense and exalted sense are not half so useful as common sense.

--Alexander Pope

Longer Version:

Fine sense and exalted sense are not half so useful as common sense. There are forty men of wit for one man of sense; and he that will carry nothing about him but gold, will be every day at a loss for want of readier change.


foggy mountain summit

Be niggards of advice on no pretense; For the worst avarice is that of sense.

--Alexander Pope

silhouette of mountain

If a man's character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.

--Alexander Pope

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

The dull flat falsehood serves for policy, and in the cunning, truth's itself a lie.

--Alexander Pope

green trees under white sky during daytime

In vain may heroes fight and patriots rave if secret gold sap on from knave to knave.

--Alexander Pope

sunset highway

With too much quickness ever to be taught; With too much thinking to have common thought.

--Alexander Pope

sunflower field during daytime

Go, wiser thou! and in thy scale of sense weigh thy opinion against Providence.

--Alexander Pope

silhouette of mountain during sunset

Where'er you walk cool gales shall fan the glade, Trees where you sit shall crowd into a shade. Where'er you tread the blushing flowers shall rise, And all things flourish where you turn your eyes.

--Alexander Pope

sunset over hill

Unthought-of Frailties cheat us in the Wise.

--Alexander Pope

person with blue paint on hand

All looks yellow to a jaundiced eye.

--Alexander Pope

Longer Version:

All looks yellow to a jaundiced eye that habitually compares everything to something better. But by changing that habit to comparing everything to something worse, even making it a game, that person can find gratitude, relief and happiness where-ever they go and whatever they experience, guaranteed!


silhouette of grass under moonlight

You eat, in dreams, the custard of the day.

--Alexander Pope

Light blue to dark blue gradient

Why has not Man a microscopic eye? For this plain reason, Man is not a Fly. Say what the use, were finer optics giv'n, T' inspect a mite, not comprehend the heav'n.

--Alexander Pope

white petaled flower bloom during daytime

As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.

--Alexander Pope

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

Content if hence th' unlearn'd their wants may view, The learn'd reflect on what before they knew.

--Alexander Pope

white wall paint beside white wall

Most critics, fond of subservient art
still make the whole depend upon a part.
They talk of principles, but notions prize
And all to one loved folly sacrifice.

--Alexander Pope

pair of white lace-up shoes

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

women's black and pink monokini

Praise from a friend, or censure from a foe, Are lost on hearers that our merits know.

--Alexander Pope

brown and white abstract painting

Whether the darken'd room to muse invite, Or whiten'd wall provoke the skew'r to write; In durance, exile, Bedlam, or the Mint, Like Lee or Budgel I will rhyme and print.

--Alexander Pope

sunset highway

For forms of government, let fools contest; Whate'er is best administered, is best.

--Alexander Pope

Longer Version:

lFor forms of government let fools contest; Whate'er is best administer'd is best. For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight; His can't be wrong whose life is in the right. In faith and hope the world will disagree, But all mankind's concern is charity.


woman snorkeling

Ask for what end the heavenly bodies shine,
Earth for whose use? Pride answers, 'Tis for mine
For me kind nature wakes her genial power,
Suckles each herb, and spreads out every flower.

--Alexander Pope

silhoutte of mountains during sunset

Some made coxcombs Nature meant but fools.

--Alexander Pope

man jumping on hill during golden hour

To rest, the cushion and soft dean invite, who never mentions hell to ears polite.

--Alexander Pope

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

I never knew any man in my life who could not bear another's misfortunes perfectly like a Christian.

--Alexander Pope

water color palette on white surface

A disputant no more cares for the truth than the sportsman for the hare.

--Alexander Pope

assorted-color beach houses

On life's vast ocean diversely we sail, Reason the card, but passion is the gale; Nor God alone in the still calm we find, He mounts the storm, and walks upon the wind.

--Alexander Pope

sunset

Not half so swift the trembling doves can fly, When the fierce eagle cleaves the liquid sky; Not half so swiftly the fierce eagle moves, When thro' the clouds he drives the trembling doves.

--Alexander Pope

long exposure photography of beach

If I am right, Thy grace impart
Still in the right to stay;
If I am wrong, O, teach my heart
To find that better way!

--Alexander Pope

shallow focus photography of woman standing outdoors

And write about it, Goddess, and about it!

--Alexander Pope

close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand

To wake the soul by tender strokes of art, To raise the genius, and to mend the heart.

--Alexander Pope

None

Conceit is to nature what paint is to beauty; it is not only needless, but it impairs what it would improve.

--Alexander Pope

photo of pine tree

Ten censure wrong for one who writes amiss.

--Alexander Pope

brown wooden board

Who sees with equal eye, as God of all, A hero perish or a sparrow fall, Atoms or systems into ruin hurl'd, And now a bubble burst, and now a world.

--Alexander Pope

landscape photography of waves and clouds

What dire offence from am'rous causes springs,
What mighty contests rise from trivial things,.

--Alexander Pope

sunset

Say first, of god above or man below; what can we reason but from what we know.

--Alexander Pope

brown and white abstract painting

Thus unlamented pass the proud away,
The gaze of fools and pageant of a day;
So perish all, whose breast ne'er learn'd to glow
For others' good, or melt at others' woe.

--Alexander Pope

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

Modest plainness sets off sprightly wit,
For works may have more with than does 'em good,
As bodies perish through excess of blood.

--Alexander Pope

man on running field

Such labour'd nothings, in so strange a style, Amaze th' unlearn'd and make the learned smile.

--Alexander Pope

brown sand beach during daytime

Most women have no characters at all.

--Alexander Pope


woman carrying toddler on seashore

Woman's at best a contradiction still.

--Alexander Pope

brown and black tiger near body of water

An honest man's the noblest work of God.

--Alexander Pope

silhouette of a person during sunset

Eye Nature's walks, shoot folly as it flies, And catch the manners living as they rise; Laugh where we must, be candid where we can, But vindicate the ways of God to man.

--Alexander Pope

white wall paint with black line

Statesman, yet friend to truth! of soul sincere, In action faithful, and in honour clear; Who broke no promise, serv'd no private end, Who gain'd no title, and who lost no friend.

--Alexander Pope



purple and green light digital wallpaper

The world is a thing we must of necessity either laugh at or be angry at; if we laugh at it, they say we are proud; if we are angry at it, they say we are ill-natured.

--Alexander Pope

two blue beach chairs near body of water

There is but one way I know of conversing safely with all men; that is, not by concealing what we say or do, but by saying or doing nothing that deserves to be concealed.

--Alexander Pope

Arizona landscape

Love seldom haunts the breast where learning lies,

And Venus sets ere Mercury can rise.

--Alexander Pope

black pug puppy lying on gray bed

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

photography of lake near tree

Learn from the beasts the physic of the field.

--Alexander Pope

couple kissing under gray clouds

Fools admire, but men of sense approve.

--Alexander Pope

purple flowered hedge plants

To buy books as some do who make no use of them, only because they were published by an eminent printer, is much as if a man should buy clothes that did not fit him, only because they were made by some famous tailor.

--Alexander Pope

palm trees covered with fog

Never elated while one man's oppress'd;
Never dejected while another's blessed.

--Alexander Pope

body of water under clear blue sky painting

For wit and judgment often are at strife, Though meant each other's aid, like man and wife.

--Alexander Pope

palm trees covered with fog

Yes, I am proud; I must be proud to see Men not afraid of God, afraid of me.

--Alexander Pope

None

A brave man thinks no one his superior who does him an injury, for he has it then in his power to make himself superior to the other by forgiving it.

--Alexander Pope

aerial photography of forest

In this commonplace world every one is said to be romantic who either admires a fine thing or does one.

--Alexander Pope

shallow focus photography of stack of books

Strength of mind is exercise, not rest.

--Alexander Pope

green ceramic mug on wooden desk

The lights and shades, whose well-accorded strife gives all the strength and color of our life.

--Alexander Pope


person standing on rock formation during daytime

Blest paper-credit! last and best supply! That lends corruption lighter wings to fly!

--Alexander Pope

wide lake over sunset view

Where beams of imagination play, the memory's soft figures melt away.

--Alexander Pope

black and white giraffe on brown grass field

Learn to live well, or fairly make your will;

You've play'd, and lov'd, and ate, and drank your fill:

Walk sober off, before a sprightlier age

Comes titt'ring on, and shoves you from the stage.

--Alexander Pope

red wine digital wallpaper

See! From the brake the whirring pheasant springs,
And mounts exulting on triumphant wings;
Short is his joy! He feels the fiery wound,
Flutters in blood, and panting beats the ground.

--Alexander Pope

white swan on blue sea during daytime

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

trees under blue sky and stars during nighttime photo

Ye flowers that drop, forsaken by the spring,

Ye birds that, left by summer, cease to sing,

Ye trees that fade, when Autumn heats remove,

Say, is not absence death to those who love?

--Alexander Pope


fine trees waving

We may see the small value God has for riches, by the people he gives them to.

--Alexander Pope

grayscale photography of elephant

The same ambition can destroy or save, and make a patriot as it makes a knave.

--Alexander Pope

red textile in close up photography

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

--Alexander Pope

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

Truths would you teach, or save a sinking land? All fear, none aid you, and few understand.

--Alexander Pope

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

Fondly we think we honor merit then, when we but praise ourselves in other men.

--Alexander Pope

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

Virtue, I grant you, is an empty boast; But shall the dignity of vice be lost?

--Alexander Pope

seashore at daytime

The world forgetting, by the world forgot.

--Alexander Pope

Longer Version:

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


coconut tree near body of water

Reason, however able, cool at best, Cares not for service, or but serves when prest, Stays till we call, and then not often near.

--Alexander Pope


grayscale photo of rock formation

Know then this truth, enough for man to know virtue alone is happiness below.

--Alexander Pope

Dark purple to red to orange gradient

And see, my son! the hour is on its way,
That lifts the Goddess to imperial sway;
This favourite isle, long severed from her reign,
Doveline, she gathers to her wings again.

--Alexander Pope

lake beside green pine trees

Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.

--Alexander Pope

green and blue chevron textile

A tree is a nobler object than a prince in his coronation-robes.

--Alexander Pope

body of water under clear blue sky painting

Ah! what avails it me the flocks to keep,

Who lost my heart while I preserv'd my sheep.

--Alexander Pope

silhouette of trees near body of water during sunset

Interspersed in lawn and opening glades,

Thin trees arise that shun each others' shades.

--Alexander Pope

gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower

Praise undeserved, is satire in disguise.

--Alexander Pope

man on running field

Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed was the ninth beatitude.

--Alexander Pope

red rose illustration

Ye gods, annihilate but space and time,

And make two lovers happy.

--Alexander Pope

body of water under cloudy sky at night

The race by vigour, not by vaunts, is won.

--Alexander Pope

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

Be thou the first true merit to befriend, his praise is lost who stays till all commend.

--Alexander Pope

three person looking stars and milky way

Whether with Reason, or with Instinct blest, Know, all enjoy that pow'r which suits them best.

--Alexander Pope

Oak Creek Sedona

Most authors steal their works, or buy.

--Alexander Pope

person wearing red running shoe

O happiness! Our being's end and aim! For which we bear to live, or dare to die.

--Alexander Pope

Longer Version:

O happiness! our being's end and aim! Good, pleasure, ease, content! whate'er thy name: That something still which prompts the eternal sigh, For which we bear to live, or dare to die.


white wall paint with black shadow

Vast chain of being! which from God began, Natures ethereal, human, angel, man, Beast, bird, fish, insect, what no eye can see, No glass can reach, from infinite to Thee, From Thee to nothing.

--Alexander Pope

None

Lo! The poor Indian, whose untutored mind sees God in clouds, or hears him in the wind.

--Alexander Pope

yellow painted wall

Say, will the falcon, stooping from above, Smit with her varying plumage, spare the dove? Admires the jay the insect's gilded wings? Or hears the hawk when Philomela sings?

--Alexander Pope

people inside temple painting

A wit with dunces, and a dunce with wits.

--Alexander Pope

black and white window illustration

Of Manners gentle, of Affections mild; In Wit a man; Simplicity, a child.

--Alexander Pope

person standing on top of mountain

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

--Alexander Pope

man and woman in cowboy hat

Soft is the strain when zephyr gently blows.

--Alexander Pope

Longer Version:

Soft is the strain when zephyr gently blows, And the smooth stream in smoother numbers flows; But when loud surges lash the sounding shore, The hoarse rough verse should like the torrent roar. When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw, The line too labours, and the words move slow: Not so when swift Camilla scours the plain, Flies o'er th' unbending corn, and skims along the main.


man and woman kissing

You purchase pain with all that joy can give and die of nothing but a rage to live.

--Alexander Pope

woman holding Pug puppy

No more was seen the human form divine.

--Alexander Pope

library shelf near black wooden ladder

The people's voice is odd, It is, and it is not, the voice of God.

--Alexander Pope

sunset forest

The man that loves and laughs must sure do well.

--Alexander Pope

golden retriever inside car

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

--Alexander Pope

white paint palette with black paint beside ink bottle and paint brush

True self-love and social are the same.

--Alexander Pope

brown leaf tree facing the lake

Of darkness visible so much be lent, as half to show, half veil, the deep intent.

--Alexander Pope

yellow flower

Nor in the critic let the man be lost.

--Alexander Pope

lights

Act well your part; there all the honour lies.

--Alexander Pope

sunset

Search then the ruling passion: This clue, once found, unravels all the rest.

--Alexander Pope

white brick wall planning

Trade it may help, society extend,
But lures the Pirate, ant corrupts the friend:
It raises armies in a nation's aid,
But bribes a senate, and the land's betray'd.

--Alexander Pope

landscape photography of waves and clouds

On her white breast a sparkling cross she wore, Which Jews might kiss and infidels adore.

--Alexander Pope

woman singing on stage

The light of Heaven restore; Give me to see, and Ajax asks no more.

--Alexander Pope

body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky

Man never thinks himself happy, but when he enjoys those things which others want or desire.

--Alexander Pope

pink and yellow flower painting

What can ennoble sots, or slaves, or cowards? Alas! not all the blood, of all the Howards.

--Alexander Pope

None

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

low angle photography of green and brown tree

To err is human, to forgive, divine.

--Alexander Pope

dew drops on glass panel

Of all the causes which conspire to blind Man's erring judgement, and misguide the mind, What the weak head with strongest bias rules, Is PRIDE, the never-failing vice of fools.

--Alexander Pope

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

To observations which ourselves we make, we grow more partial for th' observer's sake.

--Alexander Pope

green trees under white sky during daytime

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

--Alexander Pope

pink and white flowers in tilt shift lens

No craving void left aching in the soul.

--Alexander Pope

aerial photography of gray and white stone lot

The vulgar boil, the learned roast, an egg.

--Alexander Pope

woman in black shirt standing on yellow flower field during daytime

Love finds an altar for forbidden fires.

--Alexander Pope

brown wooden board

False happiness is like false money; it passes for a time as well as the true, and serves some ordinary occasions; but when it is brought to the touch, we find the lightness and alloy, and feel the loss.

--Alexander Pope

Arizona landscape

Others import yet nobler arts from France, Teach kings to fiddle, and make senates dance.

--Alexander Pope

sunset

Intestine war no more our passions wage,
And giddy factions bear away their rage.

--Alexander Pope

leafless tree on snow covered ground

There is no study that is not capable of delighting us after a little application to it.

--Alexander Pope

white wall paint with white wall paint

With sharpen'd sight pale Antiquaries pore, Th' inscription value, but the rust adore. This the blue varnish, that the green endears; The sacred rust of twice ten hundred years.

--Alexander Pope

couple sitting near trees during golden hour

As with narrow-necked bottles; the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring out.

--Alexander Pope

raging waves through shores

Let fortune do her worst, whatever she makes us lose, so long as she never makes us lose our honesty and our independence.

--Alexander Pope

close-up photo of pink flower

Wit and judgment often are at strife.

--Alexander Pope

lights pattern swirls

Men, some to business, some to pleasure take; But every woman is at heart a rake.

--Alexander Pope

brown wooden dockside beside sea

And binding nature fast in fate, Left free the human will.

--Alexander Pope

full moon during day

Judges and senates have been bought for gold; Esteem and love were never to be sold.

--Alexander Pope

brown and white short coated dog lying on white surface

Half-learn'd witlings.

--Alexander Pope


blue wallpaper

The mouse that always trusts to one poor hole Can never be a mouse of any soul.

--Alexander Pope

grayscale photography of elephant

In lazy apathy let stoics boast, their virtue fixed, 'tis fixed as in a frost.

--Alexander Pope

Longer Version:

In lazy apathy let stoics boast, their virtue fix'd: 't is fix'd as in a frost; contracted all, retiring to the breast; but strength of mind is exercise, not rest.


sunset

At every trifle take offense, that always shows great pride or little sense.

--Alexander Pope

man in black shirt wearing cowboy hat

Is that a birthday? 'tis, alas! too clear; 'Tis but the funeral of the former year.

--Alexander Pope

pink flower

Soft o'er the shrouds aerial whispers breathe, That seemed but zephyrs to the train beneath.

--Alexander Pope

green mountain ]

Good-nature and good-sense must ever join;

To err is human, to forgive, divine.

--Alexander Pope

silhouette photo of mountain during night time

When two people compliment each other with the choice of anything, each of them generally gets that which he likes least.

--Alexander Pope

bird's eye view photography of trees and body of water

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those who move easiest have learned to dance.

--Alexander Pope

body of water under clear blue sky painting

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

--Alexander Pope

woman wearing black top standing near yellow wall

The approach of night The skies yet blushing with departing light, When falling dews with spangles deck'd the glade, And the low sun had lengthen'd ev'ry shade.

--Alexander Pope

red rose

To what base ends, and by what abject ways, Are mortals urg'd through sacred lust of praise!

--Alexander Pope

green ceramic mug beside book

What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease.

--Alexander Pope


palm trees covered with fog

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

--Alexander Pope

silhouette of kneeling man

With ev'ry pleasing, ev'ry prudent part, Say, what can Chloe want?"-She wants a heart.

--Alexander Pope

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

Sickness is a sort of early old age; it teaches us a diffidence in our earthly state.

--Alexander Pope

stars in the sky during night time

Beauty draws us with a single hair.

--Alexander Pope

green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

Coffee which makes the politician wise, and see through all things with his half-shut eyes.

--Alexander Pope

fine trees waving

The hungry judges soon the sentence sign, and wretches hang that jurymen may dine.

--Alexander Pope

body of water under blue sky with stars

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.

--Alexander Pope

green trees in between gray concrete road

Man, like the generous vine, supported lives; the strength he gains is from the embrace he gives.

--Alexander Pope

leafless tree on snow covered ground

Though triumphs were to generals only due, crowns were reserved to grace the soldiers too.

--Alexander Pope

red rose

Sure of their qualities and demanding praise, more go to ruined fortunes than are raised.

--Alexander Pope

blue and black abstract painting

Men would be angels, angels would be gods.

--Alexander Pope

landscape photography of horizon

In a sadly pleasing strain, let the warbling lute complain.

--Alexander Pope

man in black pants sitting on chair

Charm strikes the sight, but merit wins the soul.

--Alexander Pope

rainbow desert

The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine!

Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.

--Alexander Pope

sunset woman at beach

Amusement is the happiness of those who cannot think.

--Alexander Pope


brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

Like bubbles on the sea of matter borne, They rise, they break, and to that sea return.

--Alexander Pope

man running on seashore

I am his Highness' dog at Kew; Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?

--Alexander Pope

fawn pug lying on floor

How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!

--Alexander Pope

yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

Thus let me live, unseen, unknown, Thus unlamented let me die, Steal from the world, and not a stone Tell where I lie.

--Alexander Pope

Oak Creek Sedona

I lisp'd in numbers, for the numbers came.

--Alexander Pope

multicolored heart LED light on wall

Satan is wiser now than before, and tempts by making rich instead of poor.

--Alexander Pope

five children sitting on bench front of trees

The younger brother hath the more wit.

--Alexander Pope

gray surface

But touch me, and no minister so sore.
Whoe'er offends, at some unlucky time
Slides into verse, and hitches in a rhyme,
Sacred to ridicule his whole life long,
And the sad burthen of some merry song.

--Alexander Pope

man riding on white horse on the hill

Love, Hope, and Joy, fair pleasure's smiling train, Hate, Fear, and Grief, the family of pain, These mix'd with art, and to due bounds confin'd Make and maintain the balance of the mind.

--Alexander Pope

yellow flower field near mountain during daytime

You think this cruel? take it for a rule, No creature smarts so little as a fool.

--Alexander Pope

person standing on rock formation during daytime

Talk what you will of taste, my friend, you'll find two of a face as soon as of a mind.

--Alexander Pope

Luna eclipse during nighttime

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

silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

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

--Alexander Pope

green trees under white sky during daytime

To dazzle let the vain design, To raise the thought and touch the heart, be thine!

--Alexander Pope

tree under blue sky

A perfect Judge will read each work of Wit
With the same spirit that its author writ:
Survey the Whole, nor seek slight faults to find
Where nature moves, and rapture warms the mind.

--Alexander Pope

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

Good-humor only teaches charms to last,
Still makes new conquests and maintains the past.

--Alexander Pope

calm body of water and mountain

Superstition is the spleen of the soul.

--Alexander Pope

pink and green flower painting

Pleasures are ever in our hands or eyes;
And when in act they cease, in prospect rise.

--Alexander Pope

silhouette of kneeling man

He knows to live who keeps the middle state, and neither leans on this side nor on that.

--Alexander Pope


tree and pink sky painting

The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed today, Had he thy reason, would he skip and play? Pleas'd to the last he crops the flow'ry food, And licks the hand just rais'd to shed his blood.

--Alexander Pope

sunset

The doubtful beam long nods from side to side.

--Alexander Pope

red rose

Nature and nature's laws lay hid in the night. God said, Let Newton be! and all was light!

--Alexander Pope

yellow flower

At every word a reputation dies.

--Alexander Pope

dirt road to sunset

Genius creates, and taste preserves.

--Alexander Pope

Longer Version:

Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly.


sunset highway

A brave man struggling in the storms of fate, And greatly falling with a falling state.

--Alexander Pope


sunset

Luxurious lobster-nights, farewell, For sober, studious days!

--Alexander Pope

low angle photography of purple sky

The most positive men are the most credulous, since they most believe themselves, and advise most with their falsest flatterer and worst enemy -- their own self-love.

--Alexander Pope

white wall paint with white wall paint

Inscriptions here of various Names I view'd,
The greater part by hostile time subdu'd;
Yet wide was spread their fame in ages past,
And Poets once had promis'd they should last.

--Alexander Pope

bonfire at night

All nature is but art unknown to thee.

--Alexander Pope

body of water

But see, Orion sheds unwholesome dews; Arise, the pines a noxious shade diffuse; Sharp Boreas blows, and nature feels decay, Time conquers all, and we must time obey.

--Alexander Pope

blue sky with white clouds

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

--Alexander Pope

grayscale photography of pug

How index-learning turns no student pale,

Yet holds the eel of science by the tail!

--Alexander Pope

person standing on rock formation during daytime

O Love! for Sylvia let me gain the prize,

And make my tongue victorious as her eyes.

--Alexander Pope



flowers beside yellow wall

Some praise at morning what they blame at night, but always think the last opinion right.

--Alexander Pope

None

Heav'n from all creatures hides the book of fate, All but the page prescribed, their present state: From brutes what men, from men what spirits know: Or who could suffer being here below?

--Alexander Pope

golden retriever inside car

Be not the first by whom the new are tired, nor yet the last to lay the old aside.

--Alexander Pope

silhouette of kneeling man

Remembrance and reflection how allied!
What thin partitions Sense from Thought divide!

--Alexander Pope

yellow pen

Count all th' advantage prosperous Vice attains,
'Tis but what Virtue flies from and disdains:
And grant the bad what happiness they would,
One they must want -- which is, to pass for good.

--Alexander Pope

red roses on book

One science only will one genius fit; so vast is art, so narrow human wit.

--Alexander Pope

blue sky and white clouds

Find, if you can, in what you cannot change. Manners with fortunes, humours turn with climes, Tenets with books, and principles with times.

--Alexander Pope


white brick wall planning

There are certain times when most people are in a disposition of being informed, and 'tis incredible what a vast good a little truth might do, spoken in such seasons.

--Alexander Pope

shoreline during golden hour

The Muse but serv'd to ease some friend, not wife, To help me through this long disease, my life.

--Alexander Pope

photo of pine tree

Art still followed where Rome's eagles flew.

--Alexander Pope

pink and orange paints

What then remains, but well our power to use,
And keep good-humor still whate'er we lose?
And trust me, dear, good-humor can prevail,
When airs, and flights, and screams, and scolding fail.

--Alexander Pope

castle surrounded fog

No more the mounting larks, while Daphne sings, Shall, list'ning, in mid-air suspend their wings.

--Alexander Pope

person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

What nothing earthly gives, or can destroy,
The soul's calm sunshine, and the heart-felt joy,
Is virtue's prize.

--Alexander Pope

woman standing on forest

At every trifle take offense, that always shows great pride or little sense.

--Alexander Pope

body of water under blue sky with stars

There should be, methinks, as little merit in loving a woman for her beauty as in loving a man for his prosperity; both being equally subject to change.

--Alexander Pope

coffee mug on top of tablecloth beside ashtray

Praise is like ambergrease: a little whiff of it, and by snatches, is very agreeable; but when a man holds a whole lump of it to your nose, it is a stink, and strikes you down.

--Alexander Pope

body of water under clear blue sky painting

Who sees pale Mammom pine amidst his store, Sees but a backward steward for the poor.

--Alexander Pope


pink and green flower painting

The hog that ploughs not, not obeys thy call, Lives on the labours of this lord of all.

--Alexander Pope

silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

Learn of the little nautilus to sail, Spread the thin oar, and catch the driving gale.

--Alexander Pope

wormeye view photo of milky way

Then, at the last and only couplet fraught With some unmeaning thing they call a thought, A needless Alexandrine ends the song, That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along.

--Alexander Pope

beach shore during day time

Homer excels all the inventors of other arts in this: that he has swallowed up the honor of those who succeeded him.

--Alexander Pope

sunset

Aurora now, fair daughter of the dawn, Sprinkled with rosy light the dewy lawn.

--Alexander Pope

calm body of water and mountain

No creature smarts so little as a fool.

--Alexander Pope

Arizona landscape

I have more zeal than wit.

--Alexander Pope

gray wooden house on green plains near mountain range at daytime

Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools.

--Alexander Pope

body of water under cloudy sky at night

Time conquers all, and we must time obey.

--Alexander Pope

sunset

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, As those move easiest who have learned to dance.

--Alexander Pope

long exposure photography of beach

Physicians are in general the most amiable companions and the best friends, as well as the most learned men I know.

--Alexander Pope

black textile in close up photography

Court-virtues bear, like gems, the highest rate,
Born where Heav'n influence scarce can penetrate.
In life's low vale, the soil the virtues like,
They please as beauties, here as wonders strike.

--Alexander Pope

assorted-color beach houses

Atheists put on false courage and alacrity in the midst of their darkness and apprehensions, like children who, when they fear to go in the dark, will sing for fear.

--Alexander Pope


pink petaled flowers under trees at daytime

When rumours increase, and when there is an abundance of noise and clamour, believe the second report.

--Alexander Pope

foggy mountain summit

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

--Alexander Pope

gray concrete painted wall

Old men, for the most part, are like old chronicles that give you dull but true accounts of times past, and are worth knowing only on that score.

--Alexander Pope

bird at pier

There is a majesty in simplicity.

--Alexander Pope

gray elephant

But thousands die without or this or that, Die, and endow a college or a cat.

--Alexander Pope

close up shot of white flower

What is it to be wise?
'Tis but to know how little can be known,
To see all others' faults, and feel our own.

--Alexander Pope


sunset

But just disease to luxury succeeds, And ev'ry death its own avenger breeds.

--Alexander Pope

rock formation surrounding by body of water

Pleas'd look forward, pleas'd to look behind,And count each birthday with a grateful mind.

--Alexander Pope

red moon at night

Oh, when shall Britain, conscious of her claim, Stand emulous of Greek and Roman fame? In living medals see her wars enroll'd, And vanquished realms supply recording gold?

--Alexander Pope

brown leaf tree facing the lake

Nature made every fop to plague his brother, Just as one beauty mortifies another.

--Alexander Pope

None

Where grows? -- where grows it not? If vain our toil, We ought to blame the culture, not the soil.

--Alexander Pope

sunset highway

Speed the soft intercourse from soul to soul, And waft a sigh from Indus to the Pole.

--Alexander Pope

Arizona landscape

Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see, Thinks what ne'er was, nor is, nor e'er shall be.

--Alexander Pope


green trees under blue sky at daytime

By flatterers besieged And so obliging that he ne'er obliged.

--Alexander Pope

blue wallpaper

Know then, unnumber'd Spirits round thee fly, The light Militia of the lower sky.

--Alexander Pope

sunflower field during daytime

The learned is happy, nature to explore, the fool Is happy, that he knows no more.

--Alexander Pope

raindrops on clear window

And more than echoes talk along the walls.

--Alexander Pope

white board beside pencil and tape

Our proper bliss depends on what we blame.

--Alexander Pope

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

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

--Alexander Pope

macro shot photography of two votive candles

Who dare to love their country, and be poor.

--Alexander Pope

grayscale photography of elephant

Know thyself, presume not God to scan;
The proper study of mankind is man.

--Alexander Pope

silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

Let opening roses knotted oaks adorn, And liquid amber drop from every thorn.

--Alexander Pope

Light blue to dark blue gradient

By music minds an equal temper know,
Nor swell too high, nor sink too low.
Warriors she fires with animated sounds.
Pours balm into the bleeding lover's wounds.

--Alexander Pope

black pug

This long disease, my life.

--Alexander Pope

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