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204 Famous Quotes by William Cowper
11/26/1731 - 4/25/1800
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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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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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