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Praise undeserved, is satire in disguise. ...
by Alexander Pope

Praise undeserved, is satire in disguise.
- Alexander Pope

Blessed is he who expects nothing,
for he shall never be disappointed.
- Alexander Pope

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

What is, is right.
- Alexander Pope

 

Hope springs eternal.
- Alexander Pope

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

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

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The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read With loads of
learned lumber in his head.
- Alexander Pope

So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
- Alexander Pope

Wit is the lowest form of humor.
- Alexander Pope

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

They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake.
- Alexander Pope

Who shall decide when doctors disagree,
And soundest casuists doubt, like you and me?
- Alexander Pope

Honor and shame from no condition rise.
Act well your part: there all the honor lies.
- Alexander Pope

Those move easiest who have learn'd to dance.
- Alexander Pope

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

A wit with dunces, and a dunce with wits.
- Alexander Pope

How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!
- Alexander Pope

Hope springs eternal in the human breast:
Man never is,
but always To be Blest.
- Alexander Pope

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

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

The learned is happy, nature to explore;
The fool is happy,
that he knows no more.
- Alexander Pope

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

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

Never find fault with the absent.
- Alexander Pope

And all who told it added something new,
and all who heard it, made enlargements too.
- Alexander Pope

Act well your part, there all the honour lies.
- Alexander Pope

Slave to no sect, who takes no private road,
But looks through Nature up to Nature's God.
- Alexander Pope

Education forms the common mind.
Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined.
- Alexander Pope

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.
- Alexander Pope

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

How shall I lose the sin, yet keep the sense,
and love the offender, yet detest the offence?
- Alexander Pope

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

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

Fools admire, but men of sense approve.
- Alexander Pope

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

Never was it given to mortal man - To lie so boldly as we women can.
- Alexander Pope

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

All nature is but art unknown to thee.
- Alexander Pope

Gentle dullness ever loves a joke.
- Alexander Pope

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

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

For Forms of Government let fools contest;
whatever is best administered is best.
- Alexander Pope

Party-spirit at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.
- Alexander Pope

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

And die of nothing but a rage to live.
- Alexander Pope

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

And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in a masquerade.
- 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

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
- Alexander Pope

Hope travels through, nor quits us when we die.
- Alexander Pope

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.
- Alexander Pope

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

Health consists with temperance alone.
- Alexander Pope

The ruling passion, be it what it will.
The ruling passion conquers reason still.
- Alexander Pope

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

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

The proper study of Mankind is Man.
- Alexander Pope

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

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

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

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

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

Woman's at best a contradiction still.
- Alexander Pope

Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools.
- Alexander Pope

An honest man's the noblest work of God.
- Alexander Pope

Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
- Alexander Pope

The most positive men are the most credulous.
- Alexander Pope

Lo, what huge heaps of littleness around!
- Alexander Pope

Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll;
charms strike the sight,
but merit wins the soul.
- Alexander Pope

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


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