Quotations From ALEXANDER POPE


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  • The worst of madmen is a saint run mad.
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. Imitations of Horace, bk. 1, epistle 6, "To Mr. Murray," l. 27 (1738).
  • Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. An Essay On Man, epistle 1, l. 126 (1733).
  • What's fame? A fancied life in others' breath,
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. An Essay on Man (Fr. Epistle IV). SeCePo. Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.

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  • And die of nothing but a rage to live.
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. Moral Essays: Epistle to a Lady. . . Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.
  • An honest man's the noblest work of God.
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. An Essay on Man (Fr. Epistle IV). SeCePo. Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.

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  • Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. Lord Hervey, in Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot, l. 308 (1735). The line has passed into common usage, and achieved notoriety in the 1960s when it was used to head the London Times leader July 1, 1967, on Mick Jagger and Keith Richard's arrest on drugs charges—an article which was thought to have contributed to their acquittal.

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  • Lo, what huge heaps of littleness around!
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. Moral Essays: Epistle to Richard Boyle, Earl of Burlington. . . Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.
  • Woman's at best a contradiction still.
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. Moral Essays: Epistle to a Lady. . . Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.

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  • 'Tis but a part we see, and not a whole.
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. An Essay on Man (Fr. Epistle I). . . Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.
  • Most women have no characters at all.
    Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. Epistle to a Lady, l. 2 (1735). Towards the end of the poem (l. 269-70), Pope writes "And yet, believe me, good as well as ill, Woman's at best a contradiction still."

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