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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.

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

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

Absence of proof is not proof of 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.

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.

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.

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

Fanaticism, the false fire of an overheated mind.

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.

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