William Cowper

William Cowper

English poet

Lived from: 1731-1800

Category: Poets (Contemporary)

Quotes: William Cowper

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    Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.
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    Knowledge is proud that he has learn'd so much; wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
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    Knowledge, a rude unprofitable mass, the mere materials with which wisdom builds, till smoothed and squared and fitted to its place, does but encumber whom it seems to enrich. Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much; wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
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    Thus happiness depends, as nature shows, less on exterior things than most suppose.
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    A fool must now and then be right, by chance.
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    A fretful temper will divide the closest knot that may be tied, by ceaseless sharp corrosion; a temper passionate and fierce may suddenly your joys disperse at one immense explosion.
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    A life of ease is a difficult pursuit.
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    A man renowned for repartee will seldom scruple to make free with friendship's finest feeling, will thrust a dagger at your breast, and say he wounded you in jest, by way of balm for healing.
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    A moral, sensible, and wellbred man, I will not affront me, and no other can.
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    A self-made man? Yes, and one who worships his creator.
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    Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.
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    Beware of desperate steps. The darkest day, j live till tomorrow, will have pass'd away.
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    Candid and generous and just. Boys care but little whom they trust. An error soon corrected - for who but learns in riper years. That man, when smoothest he appears, is most to be suspected?
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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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