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204 Famous Quotes by William Cowper
11/26/1731 - 4/25/1800
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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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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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Thus neither the praise nor the blame is our own.

Circumstance Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Letter to Mr. Newton

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Fate steals along with silent tread, Found oftenest in what least we dread; Frowns in the storm with angry brow, But in the sunshine strikes the blow.

Fate Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: A Fable--Moral

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A glory gilds the sacred page, Majestic like the sun, It gives a light to every age, It gives, but borrows none.

Scripture Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Olney Hymns (no. 30)

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Praise enough To fill the ambition of a private man, That Chatham's language was his mother-tongue.

Praise Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. II, l. 235)

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Man on the dubious waves of error toss'd.

Errors Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Poem on Truth (l. 1)

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. . . Philologists, who chase A painting syllable through time and space Start it at home, and hunt it in the dark, To Gaul, to Greece, and into Noah's Ark.

Linguists Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Retirement (l. 691)

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I pity bashful men, who feel the pain Of fancied scorn and undeserved disdain, And bear the marks upon a blushing face, OF needless shame, and self-impos'd disgrace.

Blushes Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Conversation (l. 347)

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The only amarantine flower on earth Is virtue.

Virtue Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. III, l. 268)

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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.

Variety Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. I, l. 506)

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Variety's the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavour.

Variety Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. II, l. 506)

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Still ending, and beginning still.

Change Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. III, l. 627)

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Nature, exerting an unwearied power, Forms, opens, and gives scent to every flower; Spreads the fresh verdure of the field, and leads The dancing Naiads through the dewy meads.

Nature Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Table Talk (l. 690)

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Nor rural sights alone, but rural sounds, Exhilarate the spirit, and restore The tone of languid Nature.

Nature Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. I, The Sofa, l. 181)

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'Tis Providence alone secures In every change both mine and yours.

Providence Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: A Fable--Moral

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