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Alexander Pope

(1688-1744) English Satirical Poet, Critic, Translator

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You purchase pain with all that joy can give, and die of nothing but a rage to live.

Act well your part; there all honor lies.

All Nature is but Art, unknown to thee; All Chance, Direction, which thou canst not see.

Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.

Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame.

Education forms the common mind. Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined.

Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread.

In every friend we lose a part of ourselves, and the best part.

It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles: the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out.

Many people are capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.

Praise undeserved, is satire in disguise.

Teach me to feel another's woe. To hide the fault I see: That the mercy I show to others; that mercy also show to me.

Time and tide wait for no man.

To err is human; to forgive, divine.

Trust not yourself, but your defects to know, make use of every friend and every foe.

We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow. Our wiser sons, no doubt will think us so.