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Abraham Cowley Quotes


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The present is all the ready money Fate can give.
[The Present]
 

The present is an eternal now.
[The Present]
 

The woman that has not touched the heart of a man, before he leads her to the altar, has scarcely a chance to charm it when possession and security turn their powerful arms against her.
[Love]
 

The world's a scene of changes, and to be constant, in nature, is inconstancy.
[Change]
 

There is no saying shocks me so much as that which I hear very often, "that a man does not know how to pass his time." It would have been but ill-spoken by Methusaleh in the nine hun-dred and sixty-ninth year of his life.
[Time]
 

This only grant me, that my means may lie too low for envy, for contempt too high.
[Forgiveness]
 

To be a husbandman, is but a retreat from the city; to be a philosopher, from the world; or rather a retreat from the world as it is man's, into the world as it is God's.
[Philosophy]
 

We may talk as we please of lilies, and lions rampant, and spread eagles in fields of d'or or d'argent, but if heraldry were guided by reason, a plough in the field arable would be the most noble and ancient arms.
[Agriculture]
 

Words that weep and tears that speak.
[Tears]
 


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