William Cowper

1731 - 1800

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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A Quote by William Cowper on genius and wit

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Manner is all in all, whate'er is writ, The substitute for genius, sense, and wit.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Table Talk. Line 542.

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A Quote by William Cowper on day, forgiveness, and pity

The kindest and the happiest pair Will find occasion to forbear; And something, every day they live, To pity, and perhaps forgive.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

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A Quote by William Cowper on love, mercy, and sons

Ye therefore who love mercy, teach your sons to love it, too.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: The Winter Walk at Noon

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A Quote by William Cowper on absence, mind, and rest

Absence of occupation is not rest, A mind quite vacant is a mind distress'd.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Retirement

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A Quote by William Cowper

Feels himself spent and fumbles for his brains.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Table Talk

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A Quote by William Cowper on books, friendship, garden, home, and nature

Friends, books, a garden, and perhaps his pen, Delightful industry enjoy'd at home, And Nature, in her cultivated trim Dress'd to his taste, inviting him abroad - Can he want occupation who has these?

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: The Task, 1780

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A Quote by William Cowper on garden, grace, home, mind, strength, and thought

Strength may wield the ponderous spade, May turn the clod, and wheel the compost home; But elegance, chief grace the garden shows, And most attractive, is the fair result Of thought, the creature of a polished mind.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

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A Quote by William Cowper on charm, garden, and grace

E'vn in the stifling bosom of the town, A garden, in which nothing thrives, has charms That soothes the rich possessor; much consol'd, That here and there some sprigs of mournful mint, Or nightshade, or valerian, grace the well He cultivates.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: The Task, 1785

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A Quote by William Cowper on blessings, courage, design, failure, god, grace, judgment, mercy, plants, providence, saints, skill, and trust

God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm. Deep in unfathomable mines Of never failing skill He treasures up his bright designs, And works his sovereign will. Ye fearful saints fresh courage take, The clouds ye so much dread Are big with mercy, and shall break In blessings on your head. Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, But trust him for his grace; Behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Olney Hymns

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