Alexander Pope

1688 - 1744

A Quote by Alexander Pope

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

Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)

Source: An Essay on Criticism, 1711

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A Quote by Alexander Pope on change

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Choose a firm cloud before it fall, and in it Catch, ere she change, the Cynthia of this minute.

Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)

Source: Moral Essays, 1720-1735, Epistle II, To Mrs. M. Blount, 1735

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A Quote by Alexander Pope on happiness, style, and wit

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 (1688 - 1744)

Source: An Essay on Criticism, 1711, 1. 218

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A Quote by Alexander Pope on day

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Years following years steal something every day; At last they steal us from ourselves away.

Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)

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A Quote by Alexander Pope on church, fame, and god

Who builds a church to God and not to fame, Will never mark the marble with his name.

Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)

Source: Moral Essays. Epistle iii. Line 285.

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A Quote by Alexander Pope on men

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Men must be taught as if you taught them not, And things unknown propos'd as things forgot.

Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)

Source: Essay on Criticism. Part iii. Line 15.

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A Quote by Alexander Pope on thinking and thought

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

Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)

Source: Moral Essays. Epistle ii. Line 97. [excerpt]

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A Quote by Alexander Pope on doubt and silence

Be silent always when you doubt your sense.

Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)

Source: An Essay on Criticism, 1711, III, 1. 6

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A Quote by Alexander Pope on songs and thought

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 (1688 - 1744)

Source: An Essay on Criticism, 1711, 1. 156

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A Quote by Alexander Pope on soul

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

Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)

Source: Eloisa to Abelard, 1717

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