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204 Famous Quotes by William Cowper
11/26/1731 - 4/25/1800
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An epigram is but a feeble thing - With straw in tail, stuck there by way of sting

Epitaphs and epigrams Quotes, by William Cowper

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Meditation here may think down hours to moments. Here the heart may give a useful lesson to the head and learning wiser grow without his books.

Meditation Quotes, by William Cowper

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

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

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The man that hails you Tom or Jack, And proves by thumps upon your back How he esteems your merit, Is such a friend, that one had need Be very much his friend indeed To pardon or to bear it.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: On Friendship (169)

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How much a dunce that has been sent to roam Excels a dunce that has been kept at home.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Progress of Error (l. 410)

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God made the country, and man made the town.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. I, l. 749)

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Variety's the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavour.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. II, l. 506)

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Dress drains our cellar dry, And keeps our larder lean; puts out our fires And introduces hunger, frost, and woe, Where peace and hospitality might reign.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. II, l. 614)

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Mercy to him that shows it, is the rule.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. VI, l. 595)

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In idle wishes fools supinely stay; Be there a will,--and wisdom finds a way.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. VI, l. 595)

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Like lips like lettuce (i.e. like has met its like). (Lat., Similem habent labra lactucam.]

Proverbs Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. VI, l. 595)

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The faults of our neighbours with freedom we blame, But tax not ourselves, though we practise the same.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. VI, l. 595)

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He assigned it to regions more than tropical.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. VI, l. 595)

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We start from the Mother's Arms and we run to the Dustshovel.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. VI, l. 595)

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How much a dunce that has been sent to roam Excels a dunce that has been kept at home.

Education Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Progress of Error (l. 410)

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Here the heart May give a useful lesson to the head, And learning wiser grow without his books.

Learning Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. VI, Winter Walk at Noon, l. 85)

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What is there in the vale of life Half so delightful as a wife, When friendship, love, and peace combine To stamp the marriage-bond divine?

Wives Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Love Abused

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Made poetry a mere mechanic art.

Poetry Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Table Talk (l. 654)

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The still small voice is wanted.

Conscience Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. V, l. 687)

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That good diffused may more abundant grow.

Goodness Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Conversation (l. 441)

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Doing good, Disinterested good, is not our trade.

Goodness Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. I, The Sofa, l. 673)

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Where tempests never beat nor billows roar.

Heaven Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: On the Receipt of My Mother's Picture

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The beggarly last doit.

Poverty Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. V, The Winter Morning Walk, l. 126)

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There goes the parson, oh illustrious spark! And there, scarce less illustrious, goes the clerk.

Preaching Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: On Observing Some Names of Little Note

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I venerate the man whose heart is warm, Whose hands are pure, whose doctrine and whose life, Coincident, exhibit lucid proof That he is honest in the sacred cause.

Preaching Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. II, l. 372)

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