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William Cowper Quotes


An English poet and hymnodist.
(1731 - 1800)

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A brave man knows no malice; but forgets, in peace, the injuries of war, and gives his direst foe a friend's embrace.
 

A fool must now and then be right, by chance.
 

A glory gilds the sacred page, Majestic like the sun, It gives a light to every age, It gives, but borrows none.
[Scripture]
 

A moral, sensible, and well-bred man Will not affront me, and no other can.
[Courtesy]
 

A self-made man? Yes, and one who worships his creator.
 

A shallow brain, behind a serious mask; an oracle within an empty cask - the solemn fop!
 

Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.
[Absence]
 

Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.
[Absence]
 

Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
[Absence]
 

An epigram is but a feeble thing - With straw in tail, stuck there by way of sting.
 

Beware of desp'rate steps; the darkest day lived till tomorrow will have pass'd away.
[Despair]
 

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.
 

Detested sport, that owes its pleasures to another's pain.
[Cruelty]
 

Doing nothing with a deal of skill.
 

Domestic happiness - thou only bliss of paradise that has survived the fall.
 

Events of all sorts creep or fly exactly as God pleases.
[Events]
 

Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
[Happiness]
 

Fanaticism, the false fire of an overheated mind.
[Fanaticism]
 

Give what thou canst, without thee we are poor, and with thee rich, take what thou wilt away.
 

Glory, built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt.
[Glory]
 


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