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William Cowper

Cowper[1]
Born 26 November 1731 (1731-11-26)
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England
Died 25 April 1800(1800-04-25) (aged 68)
East Dereham, Norfolk, England
Education Westminster School
Occupation Poet

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

Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too.