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Alexander Pope

Pope around 1727
Pope around 1727

Born

21 May 1688 London, England

Died

30 May 1744 Twickenham, Middlesex, England

Resting place

St Mary's Church, Twickenham, Middlesex, England

Occupation

Poet

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Alexander Pope was an 18th-century English poet. He is best known for his satirical verse, including Essay on Criticism, The Rape of the Lock and The Dunciad, and for his translation of Homer. He is the second-most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations after Shakespeare.

From the age of 12, he suffered numerous health problems including Pott's disease, which deformed his body and stunted his growth. He also suffered from respiratory difficulties, high fevers, inflamed eyes, and abdominal pain. His poor health alienated him from society, and though he had many female friends to whom he wrote witty letters, he never married.

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Health consists with temperance alone. - Alexander Pope

Health consists with temperance alone.

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Know then this truth, enough for man to know virtue alone is happiness below. - Alexander Pope

Know then this truth, enough for man to know virtue alone is happiness below.

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So vast is art, so narrow human wit. - Alexander Pope

So vast is art, so narrow human wit.

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True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those who move easiest have learned to dance. - Alexander Pope

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those who move easiest have learned to dance.

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All nature is but art unknown to thee. - Alexander Pope

All nature is but art unknown to thee.

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A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left. - Alexander Pope

A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left.

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One science only will one genius fit so vast is art, so narrow human wit. - Alexander Pope

One science only will one genius fit so vast is art, so narrow human wit.

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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

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.

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For Forms of Government let fools contest whatever is best administered is best. - Alexander Pope

For Forms of Government let fools contest whatever is best administered is best.

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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 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.

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Woman's at best a contradiction still. - Alexander Pope

Woman's at best a contradiction still.

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Party-spirit at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few. - Alexander Pope

Party-spirit at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.

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A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity. - Alexander Pope

A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.

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business
If a man's character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business. - Alexander Pope

If a man's character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.

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business
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. - Alexander Pope

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.

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What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease. - Alexander Pope

What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease.

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