Alexander Pope Quotations

Alexander Pope

A little learning is a dangerous thing;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
There shallow Draughts intoxicate the Brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again.

A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.

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

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

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. (or Jonathan Swift)

Fools admire, but men of sense approve.

For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

Here am I, dying of a hundred good symptoms. (Last words)

Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.

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.

It is with our judgments as with our watches: no two go just alike, yet each believes his own.

Not to go back is somewhat to advance, and men must walk, at least, before they dance.

Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.

The worst of madmen is a saint run mad.

They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake.

To err is human; to forgive, divine.