Alexander Pope

21 May 1688 // 30 May 1744


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And love the offender, yet detest the offence
Virtue she finds too painful an endeavour, content to dwell in decencies forever
Let me tell you I am better acquainted with you for a long absence, as men are with themselves for a long affliction: absence does but hold off a friend, to make one see him the truer
Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon
In words, as fashions, the same rule will hold, alike fantastic if too new or old: be not the first by whom the new are tried, nor yet the last to lay the old aside
A person who is too nice as 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
Not always actions show the man; we find who does a kindness is not therefore kind
Not to go back is somewhat to advance, and men must walk, at least, before they dance
Honour and shame from no condition rise; act well your part, there all the honour lies
It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles; the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring out
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."