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204 Famous Quotes by William Cowper
11/26/1731 - 4/25/1800
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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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True Charity, a plant divinely nurs'd.

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

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Mercy to him that shows it, is the rule.

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

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Toil for the brave! The brave that are no more.

Bravery Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: On the Loss of the Royal George

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Words learn'd by rote a parrot may rehearse, But talking is not always to converse, Not more distinct from harmony divine The constant creaking of a country sign.

Talk Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Conversation (l. 7)

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Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left.

Loss Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: The Retired Cat (l. 95)

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The earth was made so various, that the mind of desultory man, studious of change, and pleased with novelty, might be indulged.

Novelty Quotes, by William Cowper

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His mind his kingdom, and his will his law.

Mind Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Truth (l. 405)

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The church-going bell.

Bells Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: verses supposed to be written by Alexander Selkirk

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He would not, with a peremptory tone, Assert the nose upon his face his own.

Doubt Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Conversation (l. 121)

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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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