William Cowper

1731 - 1800

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 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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A Quote by William Cowper on happiness and nature

Happiness depends, as Nature shows, Less on exterior things than most suppose.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Table Talk. Line 246.

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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 safety

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The man that dares traduce, because he can with safety to himself, is not a man.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

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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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