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William Cowper quotes (36)

A fool must now and then be right, by chance.
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A self-made man? Yes, and one who worships his creator.
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Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.
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Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.
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Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
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An epigram is but a feeble thing - With straw in tail, stuck there by way of sting.
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Ceremony leads her bigots forth, prepared to fight for shadows of no worth. While truths, on which eternal things depend, can hardly find a single friend.
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Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
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Glory, built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt.
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God made the country, and man made the town.
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God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform. He plants his footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm.
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How much a dunce that has been sent to roam, excels a dunce that has been kept at home.
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It chills my blood to hear the blest Supreme Rudely appealed to on each trifling theme.
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Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more.
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Man may dismiss compassion from his heart, but God never will.
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Meditation here may think down hours to moments. Here the heart may give a useful lesson to the head and learning wiser grow without his books.
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Nature is a good name for an effect whose cause is God.
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No man can be a patriot on an empty stomach.
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No one was ever scolded out of their sins.
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No wild enthusiast could rest, till half the world like him was possessed.
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O solitude, where are the charms That sages have seen in thy face? Better dwell in the midst of alarms, Than reign in this horrible place.
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O, popular applause! what heart of man is proof against thy sweet, seducing charms?
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Reasoning at every step he treads, Man yet mistakes his way, Whilst meaner things, whom instinct leads, Are rarely known to stray.
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Remorse, the fatal egg that pleasure laid.
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Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon their knees.
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The darkest day, if you live till tomorrow, will have past away.
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The dogs did bark, the children screamed, Up flew the windows all; And every soul bawled out, Well done! As loud as he could bawl.
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The earth was made so various, that the mind Of desultory man, studious of change, And pleased with novelty, might be indulged.
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The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow.
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The parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
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They whom truth and wisdom lead, can gather honey from a weed.
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Thus happiness depends, as nature shows, less on exterior things than most suppose.
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Variety's the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor.
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Where men of judgment creep and feel their way, The positive pronounce without dismay.
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Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too.
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Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
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