65 Alexander Pope Quotes On Success In Life

Alexander Pope was a poet and satirist of the Augustan period and one of its greatest artistic exponents. Considered the foremost English poet of the early 18th century and a master of the heroic couplet, he is best known for satirical and discursive poetry, including The Rape of the Lock, The Dunciad, and An Essay on Criticism, and for his translation of Homer. After Shakespeare, he is the second-most quoted author in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, some of his verses have entered common parlance (e. g., damning with faint praise). These Alexander Pope quotes will motivate you.

Best Alexander Pope Quotes

  1. “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
  2. “Why did I write? What sin to me unknown dipped me in ink, my parents, or my own?” ~ Alexander Pope
  3. “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” ~ Alexander Pope
  4. “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
  5. “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” ~ Alexander Pope

  6. “He who tells a lie is not sensible of how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.” ~ Alexander Pope
  7. “Truth needs not flowers of speech.” ~ Alexander Pope
  8. “Vices and virtues are of a strange nature, for the more we have, the fewer we think we have.” ~ Alexander Pope
  9. “Act well your part, there all the honour lies.” ~ Alexander Pope
  10. “A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.” ~ Alexander Pope

  11. “The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each prayer accepted, and each wish resign’d” ~ Alexander Pope
  12. “As with narrow-necked bottles; the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring out.” ~ Alexander Pope
  13. “Strength of mind is exercise, not rest.” ~ Alexander Pope
  14. “Amusement is the happiness of those who cannot think.” ~ Alexander Pope
  15. “Love the offender, yet detest the offense.” ~ Alexander Pope
  16. “I am his Highness’ dog at Kew; Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?” ~ Alexander Pope

  17. “You purchase pain with all that joy can give and die of nothing but a rage to live.” ~ Alexander Pope
  18. “Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.” ~ Alexander Pope
  19. “Every professional was once an amateur.” ~ Alexander Pope
  20. “To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves.” ~ Alexander Pope
  21. “Physicians are in general the most amiable companions and the best friends, as well as the most learned men I know.” ~ Alexander Pope
  22. “What some call health if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn’t much better than tedious disease.” ~ Alexander Pope
  23. “It often happens that those are the best people whose characters have been most injured by slanderers: as we usually find that to be the sweetest fruit which the birds have been picking at.” ~ Alexander Pope
  24. “An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie; for an excuse is a lie guarded.” ~ Alexander Pope
  25. “He who serves his brother best gets nearer God than all the rest.” ~ Alexander Pope

  26. “All looks yellow to a jaundiced eye that habitually compares everything to something better. But by changing that habit to comparing everything to something worse, even making it a game, that person can find gratitude, relief and happiness wherever they go and whatever they experience, guaranteed!” ~ Alexander Pope
  27. “The laughers are a majority.” ~ Alexander Pope
  28. “To wake the soul by tender strokes of art, To raise the genius, and to mend the heart” ~ Alexander Pope
  29. “Men must be taught as if you taught them not, And things unknown proposed as things forgot.” ~ Alexander Pope
  30. “Get your enemy to read your works in order to mend them, for your friend is so much your second self that he will judge too like you.” ~ Alexander Pope quotes
  31. “There is but one way I know of conversing safely with all men; that is, not by concealing what we say or do, but by saying or doing nothing that deserves to be concealed.” ~ Alexander Pope
  32. “O peace! how many wars were waged in thy name.” ~ Alexander Pope

  33. “All are but parts of one stupendous whole, Whose body Nature is, and God the soul.” ~ Alexander Pope
  34. “Eve left Adam, to meet the Devil in private.” ~ Alexander Pope
  35. “A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink of it deeply, or taste it not, for shallow thoughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking deeply sobers us again.” ~ Alexander Pope
  36. “True wit is nature to advantage dressed;
    What oft was thought, but ne’er so well expressed.” ~ Alexander Pope
  37. “This but a part we see, and not a whole.” ~ Alexander Pope
  38. “To swear is neither brave, polite, nor wise.” ~ Alexander Pope

  39. “Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed was the ninth beatitude.” ~ Alexander Pope
  40. “The greatest magnifying glasses in the world are a man’s own eyes when they look upon his own person.” ~ Alexander Pope
  41. “We may see the small value God has for riches, by the people he gives them to.” ~ Alexander Pope
  42. Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never is, but always To be Blest.” ~ Alexander Pope
  43. “All seems infected that the infected spy,
    As all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye.” ~ Alexander Pope
  44. “Learning is like mercury, one of the most powerful and excellent things in the world in skillful hands; in unskillful, the most mischievous.” ~ Alexander Pope
  45. “Charm strikes the sight, but merit wins the soul.” ~ Alexander Pope

  46. “The Right Divine of Kings to govern wrong.” ~ Alexander Pope
  47. “What is it to be wise?
    ‘Tis but to know how little can be known,
    To see all others’ faults, and feel our own.” ~ Alexander Pope
  48. “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” ~ Alexander Pope
  49. “In faith and hope the world will disagree, but all mankind’s concern is charity.” ~ Alexander Pope
  50. “Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame.” ~ Alexander Pope

  51. “With sharpened sight pale Antiquaries pore, Th’ inscription value, but the rust adore. This the blue varnish, that the green endears; The sacred rust of twice ten hundred years.” ~ Alexander Pope
  52. “Lo, what huge heaps of littleness around!” ~ Alexander Pope
  53. “Of all the causes which conspire to blind Man’s erring judgment, and misguide the mind, What the weak head with strongest bias rules, Is PRIDE, the never-failing vice of fools.” ~ Alexander Pope
  54. “What then remains, but well our power to use,
    And keep good-humor still whate’er we lose?
    And trust me, dear, good-humor can prevail,
    When airs, and flights, and screams, and scolding fail.” ~ Alexander Pope
  55. “A little learning is a dangerous thing.” ~ Alexander Pope

  56. “See how the World its Veterans rewards!
    A Youth of Frolics, an old Age of Cards;
    Fair to no purpose, artful to no end,
    Young without Lovers, old without a Friend;
    A Fop their Passion, but their Prize a Sot;
    Alive ridiculous, and dead forgot.” ~ Alexander Pope
  57. “Let fortune do her worst, whatever she makes us lose, so long as she never makes us lose our honesty and our independence.” ~ Alexander Pope
  58. “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” ~ Alexander Pope

  59. “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
  60. “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” ~ Alexander Pope
  61. “He who tells a lie is not sensible of how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.” ~ Alexander Pope
  62. “Act well your part, there all the honour lies.” ~ Alexander Pope
  63. “A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.” ~ Alexander Pope
  64. “Strength of mind is exercise, not rest.” ~ Alexander Pope
  65. “Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.” ~ Alexander Pope

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