William Cowper

1731 - 1800

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 bliss, kiss, and soul

Perhaps thou gav'st me, though unseen, a kiss; Perhaps a tear, if souls can weep in bliss.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: On the Receipt of My Mother’s Picture

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A Quote by William Cowper on heart, mind, soul, and sympathy

There is in souls a sympathy with sounds; And as the mind is pitch'd, the ear is pleased With melting airs or martial, brisk, or grave; Some chord in unison with what we hear Is touch'd within us, and the heart replies.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: The Winter Walk at Noon

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A Quote by William Cowper on birth and nature

Ages elapsed ere Homer's lamp appear'd, And ages ere the Mantuan swan was heard: To carry nature lengths unknown before, To give a Milton birth, ask'd ages more.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Table Talk. Line 556.

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A Quote by William Cowper on difficulty and life

A life of ease is a difficult pursuit.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

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A Quote by William Cowper on world

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Lights of the world, and stars of human race.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: The Progress of Error. Line 97.

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A Quote by William Cowper on complaints, grace, love, and weakness

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!

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Olney Hymns

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A Quote by William Cowper on ambition and praise

Low ambition and the thirst of praise.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Table Talk. Line 591.

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