Alexander Pope

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In existographies, Alexander Pope (267-211 BE) (1688-1744 ACM) (IQ:180|#108) (ID:3.21|56) (Cattell 1000:82) (PR:4,299|65AE / writer:434) (Choueiri 115:32) (CR:43) (LH:3) (TL:46) was an English philosopher, poet, classics scholar, and quote-smith, noted for []


In adolescence, Pope suffered from Potts disease, which gave him an appearance of a “hunchbacked toad, twisted in body”, as some described him.

Pope, after Shakespeare, he is the second-most quoted author in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

Essay on Man

In 1734, Pope published An Essay on Man, a moral poetry work, wherein he attempt to grapple with the issue of growing scientific knowledge in the face of stagnant religious logic. The three most discussed sections are: “shall gravitation cease when you go by?” (4.128), “Whatever IS, is RIGHT” (1.292), and his ideas about man’s position in the great chain of being (2.33-34).



Pope was influenced by: William King, Isaac Newton.


Pope influenced: Voltaire, John Mill.


Quotes | On

The following are quotes on Pope:

Pope’s Essay on Man (1734) is the most beautiful, the most useful, the most sublime didactic poem ever written in any language.”
Voltaire (c.1740), Publication
“In the same year [age 8] in which I began Latin, I made my first commencement in the Greek poet with the Iliad. After I had made some progress in this, my father put Pope's translation into my hands. It was the first English verse I had cared to read, and it became one of the books in which for many years I most delighted: I think I must have read it from twenty to thirty times through. I should not have thought it worthwhile to mention a taste apparently so natural to boyhood, if I had not, as I think, observed that the keen enjoyment of this brilliant specimen of narrative and versification is not so universal with boys, as I should have expected both a priori and from my individual experience. Soon after this time I commenced Euclid, and somewhat later, algebra, still under my father's tuition.”
John Mill (1873), Autobiography (pg. 10)[1]

Quotes | By

The following are quotes:

Homer, like most of the Greeks, is thought to have travelled into Egypt, and brought from the Priests there, not only their learning, but their manner of conveying it in fables, and by hieroglyphics. This is necessary to be considered by those who would thoroughly penetrate into the beauty and design of many parts of this author: for whoever reflects that this was the mode of learning in those times, will make no doubt but there are many mysteries both of natural and moral philosophy involved in his fictions, which otherwise in the literal meaning appear too trivial or irrational; and it is but just, when these are not plain or immediately intelligible, to imagine that something of this kind may be hid under them.”
— Alexander Pope (1720), The Iliad of Homer (§8) [2]

End matter


  1. Mill, John. (1873). Autobiography (pg. 10). Oxford, 2018.
  2. Taylor, John. (1852). Salt Abstinence (pgs. 13-14). Publisher.


  • Bragg, Melvyn. (2018). “Alexander Pope: In Our Time” (YT), BBC Podcasts, Aug 12.

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