Quotes by William Cowper

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William Cowper was an 18th century British poet and philosopher. more

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The darkest day, If you live till tomorrow will have past away.

Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.
Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; Wisdom is humble that it knows no more.
Glory, built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt.
Oh to have a lodge in some vast wilderness. Where rumors of oppression and deceit, of unsuccessful and successful wars may never reach me anymore.
Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
Knowledge, a rude unprofitable mass, the mere materials with which wisdom builds, till smoothed and squared and fitted to its place, does but encumber whom it seems to enrich. Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much; wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon their knees.
Man may dismiss compassion from his heart, but God never will.
Variety's the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavor.
Ceremony leads her bigots forth, prepared to fight for shadows of no worth. While truths, on which eternal things depend, can hardly find a single friend.
Candid and generous and just. Boys care but little whom they trust. An error soon corrected -- for who but learns in riper years. That man, when smoothest he appears, is most to be suspected?
A fretful temper will divide the closest knot that may be tied, by ceaseless sharp corrosion; a temper passionate and fierce may suddenly your joys disperse at one immense explosion.
A life of ease is a difficult pursuit.
God made the country and man made the town.
Nature is a good name for an effect whose cause is God.
A self-made man? Yes, and one who worships his creator.
It chills my blood to hear the blest Supreme rudely appealed to on each trifling theme.
Thus happiness depends, as nature shows, less on exterior things than most suppose.
Remorse, the fatal egg that pleasure laid.
Religion! what treasure untold resides in that heavenly word!
Remorse begets reform.
Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.
No one was ever scolded out of their sins.
Forced from home, and all its pleasures, afric coast I left forlorn; to increase a stranger's treasures, o the raging billows borne. Men from England bought and sold me, paid my price in paltry gold; but, though theirs they have enroll'd me, minds are never to be sold.
I pity them greatly, but I must be mum, for how could we do without sugar and rum?
The path of sorrow and that path alone, leads to a land where sorrow is unknown.
Once more I would adopt the graver style -- a teacher should be sparing of his smile.
Man disavows, and Deity disowns me: hell might afford my miseries a shelter; therefore hell keeps her ever-hungry mouths all bolted against me.
The life of ease is a difficult pursuit.
Visitors are insatiable devourers of time, and fit only for those who, if they did not visit, would do nothing.
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.
Fanaticism soberly defined, is the false fire of an over heated mind.
How much a dunce that has been sent to roam, excels a dunce that has been kept at home.
No wild enthusiast could rest, till half the world like him was possessed.
The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow.
The parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
A fool must now and then be right, by chance.
O, popular applause! what heart of man is proof against thy sweet, seducing charms?
A man renowned for repartee will seldom scruple to make free with friendship's finest feeling, will thrust a dagger at your breast, and say he wounded you in jest, by way of balm for healing.