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204 Famous Quotes by William Cowper
11/26/1731 - 4/25/1800
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He who finds thought that lets us penetrate even a little deeper into the eternal mystery of nature has been granted great grace. He who, in addition, experiences the recognition, sympathy, and help of the best minds of his times, had been given almost more happiness than one man can bear.

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

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How various his employments whom the world Calls idle; and who justly in return Esteems that busy world an idler too!

Idleness Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. III, The Garden, l. 342)

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With spots quadrangular of diamond form, Ensanguined hearts, clubs typical of strife, And spades, the emblems of untimely graves.

Cards Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. IV, The Winter Evening, l. 217)

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Could he with reason murmur at his case, Himself sole author of his own disgrace?

Disgrace Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Hope (l. 316)

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Prison'd in a parlour snug and small, Like bottled wasps upon a southern wall.

Prison Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Retirement (l. 493)

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Sin let loose speaks punishment at hand.

Sin Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Expostulation (l. 160)

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All zeal for a reform, that gives offence To peace and charity, is mere pretence.

Reform Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Charity (l. 533)

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His wit invites you by his looks to come, But when you knock, it never is at home.

Wit Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Conversation (l. 303)

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Wit, now and then, struck smartly, shows a spark.

Wit Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Table Talk (l. 665)

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Now stir the fire, and close the shudders fast, Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round, And while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn Throws up a steamy column, and the cups, That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each, So let us welcome peaceful evening in.

Tea Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. IV, l. 36)

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Whoever keeps an open ear For tattlers will be sure to hear The trumpet of contention.

Gossip Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Friendship (st. 17)

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Assail'd by scandal and the tongue of strife, His only answer was a blameless life; And he that forged, and he that threw the dart, Had each a brother's interest in his heart.

Scandal Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Hope (l. 570)

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Words learn'd by rote a parrot may rehearse, But talking is not always to converse, Not more distinct from harmony divine The constant creaking of a country sign.

Talk Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Conversation (l. 7)

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No tree in all the grove but has its charms, Though each its hue peculiar.

Trees Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. I, l. 307)

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Some boundless contiguity of shade.

Trees Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. II)

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Call'd to the temple of impure delight He that abstains, and he alone, does right. If a wish wander that way, call it home; He cannot long be safe whose wishes roam.

Temperance Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Progress of Error (l. 557)

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And the tear that is wiped with a little address, May be follow'd perhaps by a smile.

Tears Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: The Rose

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But oars alone can ne'er prevail To reach the distant coast; The breath of Heaven must swell the sail, Or all the toil is lost.

Boating Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Human Frailty (st. 6)

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A story, in which native humour reigns, Is often useful, always entertains; A graver fact, enlisted on your side, May furnish illustration, well applied; But sedentary weavers of long tales Give me the fidgets, and my patience fails.

Story telling Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Conversation (l. 203)

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Wisdom and goodness are twin-born, one heart Must hold both sisters, never seen apart.

Wisdom Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Expostulation (l. 634)

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He whistles as he goes, light-hearted wretch, Cold and yet cheerful; messenger of grief Perhaps to thousands, and of joy to some.

Post Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Winter Evening (bk. IV, l. 12), of the postman

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The path of sorrow, and that path alone, Leads to the lands where sorrow is unknown.

Sorrow Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: To an Afflicted Protestant Lady

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As creeping ivy clings to wood or stone, And hides the ruin that it feeds upon.

Ivy Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: The Progress of Error (l. 285)

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An inadvertent step may crush the snail That crawls at evening in the public path. But he that has humanity, forewarned, Will turn aside and let the reptile live.

Humanity Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Task (bk. VI)

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Our wasted oil unprofitably burns, Like hidden lamps in old sepulchral urns.

Loss Quotes, by William Cowper , Source: Conversation (l. 357), referring to story told by Pancirollus of lamp burned in the tomb of Tullia

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