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204 Famous Quotes by William Cowper
11/26/1731 - 4/25/1800
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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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And Satan trembles when he sees The weakest saint upon his knees.

Prayer Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Hymns--Exhortation to Prayer

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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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How soft the music of those village bells, Falling at interval upon the ear In cadence sweet; now dying all away, Now pealing loud again, and louder still, Clear and sonorous, as the gale comes on! With easy force it opens all the cells Where Memory slept.

Bells Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. VI, l. 6)

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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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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.

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

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If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies. . . . It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it.

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

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When his wife asked him to change clothes to meet the German Ambassador: "If they want to see me, here I am. If they want to see my clothes, open my closet and show them my suits."

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

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A hat not much worse for wear.

Hatters Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: History of John Gilpin

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