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Abraham Cowley Quotes

An English poet born in the City of London late in 1618.
(1618 - 1667)

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A mighty pain to love it is, and 'tis a pain that pain to miss; but of all pains, the greatest pain it is to love, but love in vain.

Acquaintance I would have, but when it depends not on the number, but the choice of friends.

But what is woman? Only one of nature's agreeable blunders.

Curiosity does, no less than devotion, pilgrims make.

Enjoy the present hour, Be thankful for the past, And neither fear nor wish Th' approaches of the last.

God the first garden made, and Cain the first city.

Gold begets in brethren hate; Gold in families debate; Gold does friendship separate; Gold does civil wars create.

His faith perhaps in some nice tenets might be wrong; his life, I'm sure, was always in the right.

Hope - fortune's cheating lottery, where for one prize, a hundred blanks there be.

Hope - of all ills that men endure, the only cheap and universal cure; the captive's freedom, and the sick man s health, the lover's victory, and the beggar's wealth.

Life is an incurable disease.

Lukewarmness I account a sin, as great in love as in religion.

Man is to man all kinds of beasts; a fawning dog, a roaring lion, a thieving fox, a robbing wolf, a dissembling crocodile, a treacherous decoy, and a rapacious vulture.

Money was made not to command our will, but all our lawful pleasures to fulfill; shame and woe to us, if we our wealth obey - the horse doth with the horseman run away.

Nothing is to come, and nothing past: But an eternal now, does always last.

Of all ills that one endures, hope is a cheap and universal cure.

Poverty wants some things, luxury many, avarice all things.

Solitude can be used well by very few people. They who do must have a knowledge of the world to see the foolishness of it, and enough virtue to despise all the vanity.

The first three men in the world were a gardener, a ploughman, and a grazier; and if any object that the second of these was a murderer, I desire him to consider that as soon as he was so, he quitted our profession, and turned builder.

The liberty of a people consists in being governed by laws which they have made themselves, under whatsoever form it be of government; the liberty of a private man is being master of his own time and actions, as far as may consist with the laws of God, and of his country.

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