Alexander Pope

Poet, Author

1688 – 1744


Who was Alexander Pope?

Alexander Pope was an 18th-century English poet, best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer. Famous for his use of the heroic couplet, he is the third-most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, after Shakespeare and Tennyson.

Famous Quotes:

  • All nature is but art unknown to thee.
  • Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.
  • Lulled in the countless chambers of the brain, our thoughts are linked by many a hidden chain; awake but one, and in, what myriads rise!
  • At every trifle take offense, that always shows great pride or little sense.
  • It is with our judgments as with our watches: no two go just alike, yet each believes his own.
  • But thousands die without or this or that, die, and endow a college, or a cat: To some, indeed, Heaven grants the happier fate, Tenrich a bastard, or a son they hate.
  • Charm strikes the sight, but merit wins the soul.
  • Remembrance and reflection how allied. What thin partitions divides sense from thought.
  • 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.
  • To err is human, to forgive is divine.

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May 21, 1688
  • Catholicism
  • Deism
  • England
  • Twyford School
Lived in
  • Binfield
May 30, 1744

on July 23, 2013


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