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 :: 1688-1744, British Poet, Critic, Translator

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Trust not yourself, but your defects to know, make use of every friend and every foe.
~ Alexander Pope - [Self-knowledge]

 

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There goes a saying, and 'twas shrewdly said, ''Old fish at table, but young flesh in bed.''
~ Alexander Pope - [Sex]

 

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By foreign hands thy humble grave adorned; By strangers honored, and by strangers mourned.
~ Alexander Pope - [Strangers]

 

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

 

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

 

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On wrongs swift vengeance waits.
~ Alexander Pope - [Vengeance]

 

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Virtuous and vicious everyone must be; few in extremes, but all in degree.
~ Alexander Pope - [Virtue]

 

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To endeavor to work upon the vulgar with fine sense is like attempting to hew blocks with a razor.
~ Alexander Pope - [Vulgarity]

 

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Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for a time, leave us the weaker ever after.
~ Alexander Pope - [Passion]

 

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Passions are the gales of life.
~ Alexander Pope - [Passion]

 

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The ruling passion, be it what it will, The ruling passion conquers reason still.
~ Alexander Pope - [Passion]

 

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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 - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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Fondly we think we honor merit then, When we but praise ourselves in other men.
~ Alexander Pope - [Praise]

 

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Praise undeserved, is satire in disguise.
~ Alexander Pope - [Praise]

 

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All looks yellow to a jaundiced eye.
~ Alexander Pope - [Prejudice]

 

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At every trifle take offense, that always shows great pride or little sense.
~ Alexander Pope - [Pride]

 

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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 - [Pride]

 

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Not to go back is somewhat to advance, and men must walk, at least, before they dance.
~ Alexander Pope - [Progress]

 

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On life's vast ocean diversely we sail. Reasons the card, but passion the gale.
~ Alexander Pope - [Reason]

 

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Learn to live well, or fairly make your will; you played, and loved, and ate, and drunk your fill: walk sober off; before a sprightlier age comes tittering on, and shoves you from the stage: leave such to trifle with more grace and ease, whom Folly pleases, and whose Follies please.
~ Alexander Pope - [Retirement]

 

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