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Born in May 21, 1688 / Died in May 30, 1744 / United Kingdom / English

Quotes by Alexander Pope

Men must be taught as if you taught them not, and things unknown proposed as things forgot.
True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those move easiest who have learn'd to dance.
Spreads his light wings, and in a moment flies.
The way of the Creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with the Great Harmony: this is what furthers and what perseveres.
Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?
Party-spirit at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.
When to the Permanent is sacrificed the Mutable, the prize is thine: the drop returneth whence it came. The Open Path leads to the changeless change - Non-Being, the glorious state of Absoluteness, the Bliss past human thought.
If, presume not to God to scan; The proper study of Mankind is Man. Plac'd on this isthmus of a middle state, a being darkly wise, and rudely great.
Fondly we think we honor merit then, When we but praise ourselves in other men.
Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see, Thinks what ne'er was, nor is, nor e'er shall be.
Fools admire, but men of sense approve.
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.
On wrongs swift vengeance waits.
'Tis not enough your counsel still be true; Blunt truths more mischief than nice falsehoods do.
Teach me to feel another's woe,To hide the fault I see,That mercy I to others show,That mercy show to me.
And all who told it added something new, and all who heard it, made enlargements too.
Slave to no sect, who takes no private road, But looks through Nature up to Nature's God.
Satan is wiser now than before, and tempts by making rich instead of poor.
For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight, His can't be wrong whose life is in the right.
Education forms the common mind. Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined.
All nature is but art unknown to thee.
For Forms of Government let fools contest; whatever is best administered is best.
Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for a time, leave us the weaker ever after.
Trust not yourself, but your defects to know, make use of every friend and every foe.