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204 Famous Quotes by William Cowper
11/26/1731 - 4/25/1800
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Cowper, William
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Absence of proof is not proof of absence.

Proof Quotes, by William Cowper

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England with all thy faults, I love thee still-- My country! and, while yet a nook is left Where English minds and manners may be found, Shall be constrained to love thee.

England Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. II, l. 206)

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And Satan trembles when he sees The weakest saint upon his knees.

Prayer Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Hymns--Exhortation to Prayer

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How soft the music of those village bells, Falling at interval upon the ear In cadence sweet; now dying all away, Now pealing loud again, and louder still, Clear and sonorous, as the gale comes on! With easy force it opens all the cells Where Memory slept.

Bells Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. VI, l. 6)

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We are his, To serve him nobly in the common cause, True to the death, but not to be his slaves.

Service Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. V, l. 340)

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Now let us sing, long live the king.

Royalty Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: History of John Gilpin

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Spring hangs her infant blossoms on the trees, Rock'd in the cradle of the western breeze.

Spring Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Tirocinium (l. 43)

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An idler is a watch that wants both hands; As useless if it goes as when it stands.

Idleness Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Retirement

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Call'd to the temple of impure delight He that abstains, and he alone, does right. If a wish wander that way, call it home; He cannot long be safe whose wishes roam.

Temperance Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Progress of Error (l. 557)

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Beware of desperate steps. The darkest day, Live till to-morrow, will have pass'd away.

Day Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Needless Alarm (l. 132)

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Silently as a dream the fabric rose; No sound of hammer or of saw was there.

Architecture Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. V, l. 144)

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Me therefore studious of laborious ease.

Study Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. III, The Garden)

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True Charity, a plant divinely nurs'd.

Charity Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Charity (l. 573)

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When admirals extoll'd for standing still, Of doing nothing with a deal of skill.

Labor Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Table Talk (l. 192)

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Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are free; They touch our country, and their shackles fall.

Slavery Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. II, l. 40)

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Words pregnant with celestial fire.

Fire Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Boadicea (33)

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I am monarch of all I survey, My right there is none to dispute, From the centre all round to the sea, I am lord of the fowl and the brute.

Royalty Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Verses supposed to be written by Alexander Selkirk

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Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.

Happiness Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. III, l. 41)

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. . . thieves at home must hang; but he that puts Into his overgorged and bloated purse The wealth of Indian provinces, escapes.

Corruption Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. I, l. 736)

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O Winter! ruler of the inverted year, . . . . I crown thee king of intimate delights, Fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness, And all the comforts that the lowly roof Of undisturb'd Retirement, and the hours Of long uninterrupted evening, know.

Winter Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. IV, l. 120)

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Dream after dream ensues; And still they dream that they shall still succeed; And still are disappointed.

Dreams Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. III, l. 127)

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. . . glory built On selfish principles is shame and guilt.

Glory Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Table Talk (l. 1)

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And prate and preach about what others prove, As if the world and they were hand and glove.

Hypocrisy Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Table Talk (l. 173)

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What peaceful hours I once enjoy'd! How sweet their memory still! But they have left an aching void The world can never fill.

Memory Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Walking with God

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But conversation, choose what theme we may, And chiefly when religion leads the way, Should flow, like waters after summer show'rs, Not as if raised by mere mechanic powers.

Conversation Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Conversation (l. 703)

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