William Cowper

1731 - 1800

A Quote by William Cowper on pleasure and remorse

Remorse, the fatal egg by pleasure laid.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Progress of Error

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A Quote by William Cowper on authors and reason

Could he with reason murmur at his case, Himself sole author of his own disgrace?

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Hope

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A Quote by William Cowper on chance

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'Tis hard if all is false that I advance  A fool must now and then be right, by chance.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Conversation

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A Quote by William Cowper on schools

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The sounding jargon of the schools.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Truth. Line 367.

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A Quote by William Cowper on modesty

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But still remember, if you mean to please, To press your point with modesty and ease.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Conversation

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A Quote by William Cowper on body, clarity, and language

A tale should be judicious, clear, succinct; The language plain, and incidents well link'd; Tell not as new what ev'ry body knows; and, new or old, still hasten to a close.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Conversation

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A Quote by William Cowper

He would not, with a peremptory tone, Assert the nose upon his face his own.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Conversation. Line 121.

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A Quote by William Cowper on god and nature

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Nature is but a name for an effect, Whose cause is God.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: The Winter Walk at Noon

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A Quote by William Cowper on dance, nature, and power

Nature, exerting an unwearied power, Forms, opens, and gives scent to every flower; Spreads the fresh verdure of the field, and leads The dancing Naiads through the dewy meads.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Table Talk. Line 690.

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A Quote by William Cowper on sex and society

Pernicious weed! whose scent the fair annoys, Unfriendly to society's chief joys: Thy worst effect is banishing for hours The sex whose presence civilizes ours.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Conversation. Line 251.

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