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ALEXANDER POPE
English poet and critic
(1688 - 1744)
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From loveless youth to unrespected age,
  No passion gratified, except her rage,
    So much the fury still outran the wit,
      That pleasure miss'd her, and the scandal hit.
      - Moral Essays (ep. II, l. 125) [Character]

Offend her, and she knows not to forgive;
  Oblige here, and she'll hate you while you live.
      - Moral Essays (ep. II, l. 137) [Women]

Whether the charmer sinner it, or saint it,
  If folly grow romantic, I must paint it.
      - Moral Essays (ep. II, l. 15) [Folly]

Virtue she finds too painful an endeavour,
  Content to dwell in decencies forever.
      - Moral Essays (ep. II, l. 163) [Virtue]

Poets heap virtues, painters gems, at will,
  And show their zeal, and hide their want of skill.
      - Moral Essays (ep. II, l. 185) [Zeal]

Ladies, like variegated tulips, show
  'Tis to their changes half their charms we owe.
      - Moral Essays (ep. II, l. 2) [Women]

Most women have no characters at all.
      - Moral Essays (ep. II, l. 2) [Women]

In men, we various ruling passions find;
  In women two almost divide the kind;
    Those only fix'd, they first or last obey.
      The love of pleasure, and the love of sway.
      - Moral Essays (ep. II, l. 207)
        [Character : Passion]

See how the World its Veterans rewards!
  A Youth of Frolics, an old Age of Cards;
    Fair to no purpose, artful to no end,
      Young without Lovers, old without a Friend;
        A Fop their Passion, but their Prize a Sot;
          Alive ridiculous, and dead forgot.
      - Moral Essays (ep. II, l. 243) [Life]

Ah, friend! to dazzle let the vain design;
  To raise the thought and touch the heart be thine.
      - Moral Essays (ep. II, l. 248) [Friends]

To dazzle let the vain design,
  To raise the thought and touch the heart, be thine!
      - Moral Essays (ep. II, l. 249) [Teaching]

O! blessed with temper, whose unclouded ray
  Can make to-morrow cheerful as to-day;
    She who can own a sister's charms, or hear
      Sighs for a daughter with unwounded ear;
        She who ne'er answers till a husband cools,
          Or, if she rules him, never shows she rules.
            Charms by accepting, by submitting sways,
              Yet has her humour most when she obeys.
      - Moral Essays (ep. II, l. 257) [Women]

She who ne'er answers till a husband cools,
  Or, if she rules him, never shews she rules;
    Charms by accepting, by submitting sways,
      Yet has her humour most when she obeys.
      - Moral Essays (ep. II, l. 261) [Wives]

And mistress of herself, though china fall.
      - Moral Essays (ep. II, l. 268) [Women]

Woman's at best a contradiction still.
      - Moral Essays (ep. II, l. 270) [Women]

Fine by defect, and delicately weak.
      - Moral Essays (ep. II, l. 43)
        [Quality : Weakness]

See sin in state, majestically drunk;
  Proud as a peeress, prouder as a punk.
      - Moral Essays (ep. II, l. 69) [Sin]

With too much Quickness ever to be taught;
  With too much Thinking to have common Thought.
      - Moral Essays (ep. II, l. 97) [Character]

You purchase pain with all that joy can give,
  And die of nothing but a rage to live.
      - Moral Essays (ep. II, l. 99) [Pain]

Men some to business, some to pleasure take;
  But every woman is at heart a rake;
    Men some to quiet, some to public strife;
      But every lady would be queen for life.
      - Moral Essays (ep. II, p. 215) [Women]

Who shall decide when doctors disagree,
  And soundest casuists doubt, like you and me?
      - Moral Essays (ep. III) [Medicine]

At length corruption, like a general flood
  (So long by watchful ministers withstood),
    Shall deluge all; and avarice, creeping on,
      Spread like a low-born mist, and blot the sun.
      - Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 135)
        [Corruption]

The ruling passion, be it what it will,
  The ruling passion conquers reason still.
      - Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 153) [Passion]

Extremes in nature equal good produce;
  Extremes in man concur to general use.
      - Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 161) [Extremes]

Who sees pale Mammom pine amidst his store,
  Sees but a backward steward for the poor.
      - Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 171) [Mammon]


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