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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.
[Heartbreak]
 

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

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

Curiosity does, no less than devotion, pilgrims make.
[Curiosity]
 

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

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.
[Gold]
 

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]
 

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.
[Hope]
 

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.
[Man]
 

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.
[Money]
 

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.
[Agriculture]
 

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.
[Liberty]
 


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