Alexander Pope Quotes & Wallpapers

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

Fix'd like a plant on his peculiar spot, To draw nutrition, propagate and rot. Alexander Pope

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

She went from opera, park, assembly, play, To morning walks, and prayers three hours a day. To part her time 'twixt reading and bohea, To muse, and spill her solitary tea, Or o'er cold coffee trifle with the spoon, Count the slow clock, and dine exact at noon. Alexander Pope

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

To teach vain Wits that Science little known, T' admire Superior Sense, and doubt their own! Alexander Pope

Of little use, the man you may suppose, Who says in verse what others say in prose; Yet let me show a poet's of some weight, And (though no soldier) useful to the state, What will a child learn sooner than a song? What better teach a foreigner the tongue? What's long or short, each accent where to place And speak in public with some sort of grace? Alexander Pope

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

Authors, like coins, grow dear as they grow old. Alexander Pope

Is not absence death to those who love? Alexander Pope

Chaste to her husband, frank to all beside, A teeming mistress, but a barren bride. Alexander Pope

The dances ended, all the fairy train For pinks and daisies search'd the flow'ry plain. Alexander Pope

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

Virtue she finds too painful an endeavour, Content to dwell in decencies forever. Alexander Pope

The nations bleed where'er her steps she turns; the groan still deepens, and the combat burns. Alexander Pope

Say, shall my little bark attendant sail, Pursue the triumph, and partake the gale? Alexander Pope

Offend her, and she knows not to forgive; Oblige here, and she'll hate you while you live. Alexander Pope

Heaven gave to woman the peculiar grace To spin, to weep, and cully human race. Alexander Pope

Till Peter's keys come christen'd Jove adorn, And Pan to Moses lends his Pagan born. Alexander Pope

See how the World its Veterans rewards! A Youth of Frolics, an old Age of Cards; Fair to no purpose, artful to no end, Young without Lovers, old without a Friend; A Fop their Passion, but their Prize a Sot; Alive ridiculous, and dead forgot. Alexander Pope

The soul's calm sunshine and the heartfelt joy, Is virtue's prize. Alexander Pope

Soon as thy letters trembling I unclose, That well-known name awakens all my woes. Alexander Pope

Obliged by hunger and request of friends. Alexander Pope

So watchful Bruin forms with plastic care, Each growing lump and brings it to a bear. Alexander Pope

Papillia, wedded to her amorous spark, Sighs for the shades - How charming is a park? A park is purchas'd, but the fair he sees All bath'd in tears - O odious, odious trees! Alexander Pope

Tis hard to say if greater want of skill Appear in writing or in judging ill; But, of the two less dang'rous is th' offence To tire our patience than mislead our sense. Alexander Pope

Say why are beauties praised and honored most, The wise man's passion and the vain man's Toast. Alexander Pope

Dear fatal name! rest ever unreveal'd, Nor pass these lips in holy silence seal'd. Hide it, my heart, within that close disguise, Where mixed with Gods, his lov'd idea lies: O write it not, my hand - the name appears Already written - wash it out, my tears! In vain lost Eloisa weeps and prays, Her heart still dictates, and her hand obeyes. Alexander Pope

Truth shines the brighter, clad in verse. Alexander Pope

Fly, dotard, fly! With thy wise dreams and fables of the sky. Alexander Pope

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

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

Wine works the heart up, wakes the wit, There is no cure 'gainst age but it Alexander Pope

There is nothing meritorious but virtue and friendship. Alexander Pope

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

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

Avoid Extremes; and shun the fault of such Who still are pleas'd too little or too much. Alexander Pope

Art still followed where Rome's eagles flew. Alexander Pope

Pride, where wit fails, steps in to our defence, and fills up all the mighty void of sense. Alexander Pope

Ignobly vain, and impotently great. Alexander Pope

It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow necked bottles: the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out. Alexander Pope

The hungry judges soon the sentence sign, And wretches hang that jury-men may dine. Alexander Pope

Created half to rise, and half to fall; Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all; Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurled; The glory, jest, and riddle of the world! Alexander Pope

Wit in conversation is only a readiness of thought and a facility of expression, or (in the midwives' phrase) a quick conception, and an easy delivery. Alexander Pope

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

A vast, vamped future, old, revived new piece. Alexander Pope

But thousands die without or this or that, Die, and endow a college, or a cat: To some, indeed, Heaven grants the happier fate, T'enrich a bastard, or a son they hate. Alexander Pope

Curst be the verse, how well soe'er it flow, That tends to make one worthy man my foe. Alexander Pope

Is there a parson, much bemused in beer, A maudlin poetess, a rhyming peer, A clerk foredoomed his father's soul to cross Who pens a stanza, when he should engross? Alexander Pope

To balance Fortune by a just expense, Join with Economy, Magnificence. Alexander Pope

Mark what unvary'd laws preserve each state, Laws wise as Nature, and as fixed as Fate. Alexander Pope

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

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

Vice is a monster of so frightful mien As to be hated needs but to be seen; Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then embrace. Alexander Pope

Never elated when someone's oppressed, never dejected when another one's blessed. Alexander Pope

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

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

Who know but He, whose hand the lightning forms, Who heaves old ocean, and who wings the storms, Pours fierce ambition in a Caesar's mind. Alexander Pope

Grave authors say, and witty poets sing, That honest wedlock is a glorious thing. Alexander Pope

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

Let Joy or Ease, let Affluence or Content, And the gay Conscience of a life well spent, Calm ev'ry thought, inspirit ev'ry grace, Glow in thy heart, and smile upon thy face. Alexander Pope

In vain sedate reflections we would make When half our knowledge we must snatch, not take. Alexander Pope

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

Is it, in Heav'n, a crime to love too well? To bear too tender or too firm a heart, To act a lover's or a Roman's part? Is there no bright reversion in the sky For those who greatly think, or bravely die? Alexander Pope

Manners with fortunes, humors turn with climes, tenets with books, and principles with times. Alexander Pope

Ambition first sprung from your blest abodes: the glorious fault of angels and of gods. Alexander Pope

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

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

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

Placed on this isthmus of a middle state, A being darkly wise and rudely great... He hangs between; in doubt to act or rest; In doubt to deem himself a god, or beast; In doubt his mind or body to prefer; Born to die, and reasoning but to err. Alexander Pope

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