William Cowper

1731 - 1800

A Quote by William Cowper on humility, knowledge, learning, and wisdom

Knowledge is proud that he has learn'd so much; Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: The Winter Walk at Noon

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A Quote by William Cowper on day and life

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Beware of desperate steps; the darkest day, Lived till tomorrow, will have passed away.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Retirement

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A Quote by William Cowper on home

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How much a dunce that has been sent to roam Excels a dunce that has been kept at home!

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: The Progress of Error. Line 415.

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A Quote by William Cowper on simplicity

Elegant as simplicity, and warm As ecstasy.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Table Talk. Line 588.

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A Quote by William Cowper on country, faults, and love

England, with all thy faults I love thee still, My country!

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: The Task, book ii. The Timepiece, line 206.

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A Quote by William Cowper on chance

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A fool must now and then be right - by chance.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Conversation. Line 96.

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A Quote by William Cowper on charm, freedom, and slavery

Freedom hath a thousand charms to show, That slaves, howe'er contented, never know.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Table Talk. Line 260.

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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 absence, death, despair, hope, and love

Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

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A Quote by William Cowper

I cannot talk with civet in the room, A fine puss-gentleman that 's all perfume.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Conversation. Line 283.

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