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204 Famous Quotes by William Cowper
11/26/1731 - 4/25/1800
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A kick that scarce would move a horse, May kill a sound divine.

Preaching Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Yearly Distress (st. 16)

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The priest he merry is, and blithe Three-quarters of a year, But oh! it cuts him like a scythe When tithing time draws near.

Preaching Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Yearly Distress (st. 2)

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Fast-anchor'd isle.

Islands Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. II, The Timepiece, l. 151)

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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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Hast thou not learn'd what thou art often told, A truth still sacred, and believed of old, That no success attends on spears and swords Unblest, and that the battle is the Lord's?

Success Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Expostulation (l. 350)

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Without one friend, above all foes, Britannia gives the world repose.

England Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: To Sir Joshua Reynolds

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In indolent vacuity of thought.

Thought Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. IV, The Winter Evening, l. 297)

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A business with an income at its heels.

Business Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Retirement (l. 614)

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And spare the poet for his subject's sake.

Poets Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Charity (last line)

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Ages elapsed ere Homer's lamp appeared, And ages ere the Mantuan Swan was heard; To carry nature lengths unknown before, To give a Milton birth, asked ages more.

Poets Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Table Talk

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There is a pleasure in poetic pains, Which only poets know.

Poets Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. II, l. 285)

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They best can judge a poet's worth, Who oft themselves have known The pangs of a poetic birth By labours of their own.

Poets Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: To Dr. Darwin (st. 2)

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Greece, sound, thy Homer's, Rome thy Virgil's name, But England's Milton equals both in fame.

Poets Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: To John Milton

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None but an author knows an author's cares, Or Fancy's fondness for the child she bears.

Authorship Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: The Progress of Error (l. 518)

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Habits of close attention, thinking heads, Become more rare as dissipation spreads, Till authors hear at length one general cry Tickle and entertain us, or we die!

Authorship Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Retirement (l. 707)

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So that the jest is clearly to be seen, Not in the words--but in the gap between; Manner is all in all, whate'er is writ, The substitute for genius, sense, and wit.

Authorship Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Table Talk (l. 540)

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The mind, relaxing into needful sport, Should turn to writers of an abler sort, Whose wit well managed, and whose classic style, Give truth a lustre, and make wisdom smile.

Reading Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Retirement (l. 715)

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But truths on which depends our main concern, That 'tis our shame and misery not to learn, Shine by the side of every path we tread With such a lustre he that runs may read.

Reading Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Tirocinium (l. 77)

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Not a flower But shows some touch, in freckle, streak or stain, Of his unrivall'd pencil.

Flowers Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. VI, l. 241)

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But many a crime deemed innocent on earth Is registered in Heaven; and these no doubt Have each their record, with a curse annex'd.

Crime Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. VI, l. 439)

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The solemn fog; significant and budge; A fool with judges, amongst fools a judge.

Folly Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Conversation (l. 299)

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Defend me, therefore, common sense, say From reveries so airy, from the toil Of dropping buckets into empty wells, And growing old in drawing nothing up.

Folly Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. III, l. 187)

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Exactness is the sublimity of fools. [Fr., L'exactitude est le sublime des sots.]

Folly Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. III, l. 187)

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I praise the Frenchman; his remark was shrewd,-- "How sweet, how passing sweet is solitude." But grant me still a friend in my retreat, Whom I may whisper--Solitude is sweet.

Solitude Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Retirement (l. 739), quotation is also attributed to Jean de la Bruyere and to Jean Louis Guez de Ba

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Oh, for a lodge in some vast wilderness, Some boundless contiguity of shade, Where rumour of oppression and deceit, Of unsuccessful or successful war, Might never reach me more!

Solitude Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. II, l. 1)

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