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204 Famous Quotes by William Cowper
11/26/1731 - 4/25/1800
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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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O solitude, where are the charms That sages have seen in thy face? Better dwell in the midst of alarms, Than reign in this horrible place.

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

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'Twere better to be born a stone Of ruder shape, and feeling none, Than with a tenderness like mine And sensibilities so fine! Ah, hapless wretch! condemn'd to dwell Forever in my native shell, Ordained to move when others please, Not for my own content or ease; But toss'd and buffeted about, Now in the water and now out.

Oysters Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: The Poet, the Oyster and Sensitive Plant

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Give what thou canst, without Thee we are poor; And with Thee rich, take what Thou wilt away.

Content Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task--Winter Morning Walk (bk. V, last lines)

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While fancy, like the finger of a clock, Runs the great circuit, and is still at home.

Fancy Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. IV, l. 118)

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Ever let the Fancy roam, Pleasure never is at home.

Fancy Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. IV, l. 118)

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'Tis liberty alone that gives the flower Of fleeting life its lustre and perfume; And we are weeds without it.

Liberty Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. V, l. 446)

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Then liberty, like day, Breaks on the soul, and by a flash from Heaven Fires all the faculties with glorious joy.

Liberty Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. V, l. 882)

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Transforms old print To zigzag manuscript, and cheats the eyes Of gallery critics by a thousand arts.

Printing Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. II, The Timepiece, l. 363)

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He stands erect; his slouch becomes a walk; He steps right onward, martial in his air, His form and movement.

Soldiers Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. IV, l. 638)

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Ten thousand casks, Forever dribbling out their base contents, Touch'd by the Midas finger of the state, Bleed gold for ministers to sport away. Drink, and be mad then; 'tis your country bids!

Wine and spirits Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. IV, l. 504)

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Absence of occupation is not rest, A mind quite vacant is a mind distress'd.

Mind Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Retirement (l. 623)

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How fleet is a glance of the mind! Compared with the speed of its flight, The tempest itself lags behind, And the swift-winged arrows of light.

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

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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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No, Freedom has a thousand charms to show That slaves, howe'er contented, never know.

Freedom Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Table Talk (l. 260)

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He is the freeman whom the truth makes free, And all are slaves besides.

Freedom Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. V, l. 733)

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O for a lodge in some vast wilderness, Some boundless contiguity of shade; Where rumor of oppression and deceit, Of unsuccessful or successful war, Might never reach me more.

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

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Though peace be made, yet it's interest that keep peace.

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

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