Quotes by William Cowper

A fool must now and then be right, by chance.
– William Cowper
A self-made man? Yes, and one who worships his creator.
– William Cowper
Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.
– William Cowper
Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.
– William Cowper
Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
– William Cowper
Acquaint thyself with God, if thou would'st taste His works. Admitted once to his embrace, Thou shalt perceive that thou was blind before: Thine eye shall be instructed; and thine heart Made pure shall relish with divine delight Till then unfelt, what hands divine have wrought.
– William Cowper
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
God made the country, and man made the town.
– William Cowper
How much a dunce that has been sent to roam, excels a dunce that has been kept at home.
– William Cowper
I would not enter in my list of friends, Who needlessly sets foot upon a worm. An inadvertent step may crush the snail That crawls at evening in the public path, But he has the humanity, forewarned, Will tread aside, and let the reptile live.
– William Cowper
It chills my blood to hear the blest Supreme Rudely appealed to on each trifling theme.
– William Cowper
Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
– William Cowper
Man may dismiss compassion from his heart, but God never will.
– William Cowper
Nature is a good name for an effect whose cause is God.
– William Cowper
No man can be a patriot on an empty stomach.
– William Cowper
No one was ever scolded out of their sins.
– William Cowper
No wild enthusiast could rest, till half the world like him was possessed.
– William Cowper
Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast, let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa around, and while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn throws up a steamy column, and the cups that cheer but not inebriate, wait on each, so let us welcome peaceful evening in.
– William Cowper
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
O, popular applause! what heart of man is proof against thy sweet, seducing charms?
– William Cowper