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204 Famous Quotes by William Cowper
11/26/1731 - 4/25/1800
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Seek to delight, that they may mend mankind. And, while they captivate, inform the mind.

Teaching Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Hope (l. 770)

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The sounding jargon of the schools.

Teaching Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Truth (l. 367)

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We bear our shades about us; self-deprived Of other screen, the thin umbrella spread, And range an Indian waste without a tree.

Umbrellas Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. I, l. 259)

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Stamps God's own name upon a lie just made, To turn a penny in the way of trade.

Money Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Table Talk (l. 421)

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I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.

Money Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Table Talk (l. 421)

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The sinews of affairs are cut.

Money Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Table Talk (l. 421)

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A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon it's real money.

Money Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Table Talk (l. 421)

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O Popular Applause! what heart of man Is proof against thy sweet, seducing charms?

Applause Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. II, l. 431)

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His frown was full of terror, and his voice Shook the delinquent with such fits of awe As left him not, till penitence had won Lost favor back again, and clos'd the breach.

Fear Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. II, l. 659)

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I would not have a slave to till my ground, To carry me, to fan me while I sleep, And tremble when I wake, for all the wealth That sinews bought and sold have ever earn'd.

Slavery Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. II, l. 29)

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The rout is Folly's circle, which she draws With magic wand. So potent is the spell, That none decoy'd into that fatal ring, Unless by Heaven's peculiar grace, escape. There we grow early gray, but never wise.

Society Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. II, l. 627)

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His head, Not yet by time completely silver'd o'er, Bespoke him past the bounds of freakish youth, But strong for service still, and unimpair'd.

Hair Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. II, The Timepiece, l. 702)

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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.

Friends Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: On Friendship (169)

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God made the country, and man made the town.

Cities Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. I, l. 749)

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Some to the fascination of a name, Surrender judgment hoodwinked.

Names Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. VI, l. 101)

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There is in souls a sympathy with sounds.

Sympathy Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. VI, l. 1)

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Now let us sing, long live the king.

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

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Detested sport, That owes its pleasures to another's pain.

Cruelty Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. III, l. 326)

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By low ambition and the thirst of praise.

Ambition Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Table Talk (l. 591)

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On the summit see, The seals of office glitter in his eyes; He climbs, he pants, he grasps them! At his heels, Close at his heels, a demagogue ascends, And with a dexterous jerk soon twists him down, And wins them, but to lose them in his turn.

Ambition Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. IV, l. 58)

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That, though on pleasure she was bent, She had a frugal mind.

Pleasure Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: History of John Gilpin (st. 8)

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Pleasure admitted in undue degree Enslaves the will, nor leaves the judgment free.

Pleasure Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Progress of Error (l. 267)

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The Frenchman, easy, debonair, and brisk, Give him his lass, his fiddle, and his frisk, Is always happy, reign whoever may, And laughs the sense of mis'ry far away.

France Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Table Talk (l. 237)

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Thus happiness depends, as Nature shows, Less on exterior things than most suppose.

Happiness Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Table Talk (l. 246)

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Domestic Happiness, thou only bliss Of Paradise that hast survived the Fall!

Happiness Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. III, l. 41)

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