But still remember, if you mean to please, To press your point with modesty and ease.
William Cowper (1731 - 1800)
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
He would not, with a peremptory tone, Assert the nose upon his face his own.
Source: Conversation. Line 121.
Perhaps thou gav'st me, though unseen, a kiss; Perhaps a tear, if souls can weep in bliss.
Source: On the Receipt of My Mother’s Picture
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.
Source: The Winter Walk at Noon
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.
Source: Table Talk. Line 556.
A life of ease is a difficult pursuit.
Lights of the world, and stars of human race.
Source: The Progress of Error. Line 97.
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.
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