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William Cowper Quotes

(1731-1800), British Poet

Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.

Category: Absence

O, popular applause! what heart of man is proof against thy sweet, seducing charms?

Category: Applause

The parson knows enough who knows a Duke.

Category: Churches

Man may dismiss compassion from his heart, but God never will.

Category: Compassion

The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow.

Category: Conscience

Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon their knees.

Category: Devil

No wild enthusiast could rest, till half the world like him was possessed.

Category: Enthusiasm

How much a dunce that has been sent to roam, excels a dunce that has been kept at home.

Category: Experts

Fanaticism soberly defined, is the false fire of an over heated mind.

Category: Fanatics And Fanaticism

The man that hails you Tom or Jack, and proves by thumps upon your back how he esteems your merit, is such a friend, that one had need be very much his friend indeed to pardon or to bear it.

Category: Friends And Friendship

Glory, built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt.

Category: Glory

Visitors are insatiable devourers of time, and fit only for those who, if they did not visit, would do nothing.

Category: Guests

The darkest day, If you live till tomorrow will have past away.

Category: Hope

The life of ease is a difficult pursuit.

Category: Idleness

Man disavows, and Deity disowns me: hell might afford my miseries a shelter; therefore hell keeps her ever-hungry mouths all bolted against me.

Category: Insanity