There is a pleasure in poetic pains. Which only poets know.
William Cowper (1731 - 1800)
Source: The Timepiece, line 285.
Contributed by: Zaady
Made poetry a mere mechanic art.
Source: Table Talk. Line 654.
Th' embroid'ry of poetic dreams.
Lord, it is my chief complaint, That my love is weak and faint; Yet I love thee and adore, Oh for grace to love thee more!
Source: Olney Hymns
Low ambition and the thirst of praise.
Source: Table Talk. Line 591.
Manner is all in all, whate'er is writ, The substitute for genius, sense, and wit.
Source: Table Talk. Line 542.
The kindest and the happiest pair Will find occasion to forbear; And something, every day they live, To pity, and perhaps forgive.
Ye therefore who love mercy, teach your sons to love it, too.
Source: The Winter Walk at Noon
Absence of occupation is not rest, A mind quite vacant is a mind distress'd.
Feels himself spent and fumbles for his brains.
Source: Table Talk
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