Sunday, May 20, 2012
William Cowper Quotes
"A fool must now and then be right, by chance."
"A self-made man? Yes, and one who worships his creator."
"Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair."
"Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed."
"Absence of proof is not proof of absence."
"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."
"Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose."
"Glory, built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt."
"God made the country, and man made the town."
"How much a dunce that has been sent to roam, excels a dunce that has been kept at home."
"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."
"It chills my blood to hear the blest Supreme Rudely appealed to on each trifling theme."
"Knowledge is proud that he has learn'd so much; Wisdom is humble that he knows no more."
"Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;Wisdom is humble that he knows no more."
"Man may dismiss compassion from his heart, but God never will."
"Nature is a good name for an effect whose cause is God."
"No man can be a patriot on an empty stomach."
"No one was ever scolded out of their sins."
"No wild enthusiast could rest, till half the world like him was possessed."
"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."
"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."
"O, popular applause! what heart of man is proof against thy sweet, seducing charms?"
"Reasoning at every step he treads, Man yet mistakes his way, Whilst meaner things, whom instinct leads, Are rarely known to stray."
"Religion! what treasure untold resides in that heavenly word!"
"Remorse, the fatal egg that pleasure laid."
"Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon their knees."
"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."
"The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow."
"The parson knows enough who knows a Duke."
"Thus happiness depends, as nature shows, less on exterior things than most suppose."
"Variety's the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavour."