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William Cowper Quotes: "Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more."

Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more.




William Cowper Quotes: "...So let us welcome peaceful evening in."

...So let us welcome peaceful evening in.




William Cowper Quotes: "An idler is a watch that wants both hands; As useless if it goes as when it stands."

An idler is a watch that wants both hands; As useless if it goes as when it stands.



William Cowper Quotes: "Grief is itself a medicine."

Grief is itself a medicine.




William Cowper Quotes: "How various his employments whom the world Calls idle; and who justly in return Esteems that busy world an idler too!"

How various his employments whom the world Calls idle; and who justly in return Esteems that busy world an idler too!



William Cowper Quotes: "Knowledge and wisdom, far from being one, Have oft-times no connection. Knowledge dwells In heads replete with thoughts of other men; Wisdom in minds attentive to their own."

Knowledge and wisdom, far from being one, Have oft-times no connection. Knowledge dwells In heads replete with thoughts of other men; Wisdom in minds attentive to their own.



William Cowper Quotes: "God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform. He plants his footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm."

God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform. He plants his footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm.




William Cowper Quotes: "I pity them greatly, but I must be mum, for how could we do without sugar and rum?"

I pity them greatly, but I must be mum, for how could we do without sugar and rum?



William Cowper Quotes: "Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too."

Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too.



William Cowper Quotes: "And hast thou sworn on every slight pretence, Till perjuries are common as bad pence, While thousands, careless of the damning sin, Kiss the book's outside, who ne'er look'd within?"

And hast thou sworn on every slight pretence, Till perjuries are common as bad pence, While thousands, careless of the damning sin, Kiss the book's outside, who ne'er look'd within?



William Cowper Quotes: "E'er since, by faith, I saw the stream thy flowing wounds supply, redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die."

E'er since, by faith, I saw the stream thy flowing wounds supply, redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die.



William Cowper Quotes: "The bud may have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flower."

The bud may have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flower.




William Cowper Quotes: "Man may dismiss compassion from his heart, but God never will."

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



William Cowper Quotes: "Glory, built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt."

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



William Cowper Quotes: "Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon their knees."

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



William Cowper Quotes: "A fool must now and then be right, by chance"

A fool must now and then be right, by chance



William Cowper Quotes: "Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair."

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



William Cowper Quotes: "Trials make the promise sweet, Trials give new life to prayer; Trials bring me to His feet, Lay me low, and keep me there."

Trials make the promise sweet, Trials give new life to prayer; Trials bring me to His feet, Lay me low, and keep me there.



William Cowper Quotes: "A glory gilds the sacred page, Majestic like the sun, It gives a light to every age, It gives, but borrows none."

A glory gilds the sacred page, Majestic like the sun, It gives a light to every age, It gives, but borrows none.



William Cowper Quotes: "An inadvertent step may crush the snail That crawls at evening in the public path. But he that has humanity, forewarned, Will turn aside and let the reptile live."

An inadvertent step may crush the snail That crawls at evening in the public path. But he that has humanity, forewarned, Will turn aside and let the reptile live.



William Cowper Quotes: "The earth was made so various, that the mind Of desultory man, studious of change, And pleased with novelty, might be indulged."

The earth was made so various, that the mind Of desultory man, studious of change, And pleased with novelty, might be indulged.



William Cowper Quotes: "When nations are to perish in their sins, 'tis in the Church the leprosy begins."

When nations are to perish in their sins, 'tis in the Church the leprosy begins.



William Cowper Quotes: "As creeping ivy clings to wood or stone, And hides the ruin that it feeds upon, So sophistry, cleaves close to, and protects Sin's rotten trunk, concealing its defects."

As creeping ivy clings to wood or stone, And hides the ruin that it feeds upon, So sophistry, cleaves close to, and protects Sin's rotten trunk, concealing its defects.



William Cowper Quotes: "Remorse, the fatal egg that pleasure laid."

Remorse, the fatal egg that pleasure laid.



William Cowper Quotes: "What peaceful hours I once enjoy'd! How sweet their memory still! But they have left an aching void The world can never fill."

What peaceful hours I once enjoy'd! How sweet their memory still! But they have left an aching void The world can never fill.



William Cowper Quotes: "I pity bashful men, who feel the pain Of fancied scorn and undeserved disdain, And bear the marks upon a blushing face, OF needless shame, and self-impos'd disgrace."

I pity bashful men, who feel the pain Of fancied scorn and undeserved disdain, And bear the marks upon a blushing face, OF needless shame, and self-impos'd disgrace.



William Cowper Quotes: "Fanaticism, the false fire of an overheated mind."

Fanaticism, the false fire of an overheated mind.



William Cowper Quotes: "They fix attention, heedless of your pain, With oaths like rivets forced into the brain; And e'en when sober truth prevails throughout, They swear it, till affirmance breeds a doubt."

They fix attention, heedless of your pain, With oaths like rivets forced into the brain; And e'en when sober truth prevails throughout, They swear it, till affirmance breeds a doubt.



William Cowper Quotes: "Skins may differ, but affection Dwells in white and black the same."

Skins may differ, but affection Dwells in white and black the same.



William Cowper Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "God made the country, and man made the town."

God made the country, and man made the town.



William Cowper Quotes: "The nurse sleeps sweetly, hired to watch the sick, / whom, snoring, she disturbs."

The nurse sleeps sweetly, hired to watch the sick, / whom, snoring, she disturbs.



William Cowper Quotes: "Heaven's harmony is universal love."

Heaven's harmony is universal love.



William Cowper Quotes: "I am monarch of all I survey, My right there is none to dispute, From the centre all round to the sea, I am lord of the fowl and the brute."

I am monarch of all I survey, My right there is none to dispute, From the centre all round to the sea, I am lord of the fowl and the brute.



William Cowper Quotes: "Restraining prayer, we cease to fight; Prayer keeps the Christian's armor bright; And Satan trembles when he sees The weakest saint upon his knees."

Restraining prayer, we cease to fight; Prayer keeps the Christian's armor bright; And Satan trembles when he sees The weakest saint upon his knees.



William Cowper Quotes: "Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose."

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 Quotes: "Blind unbelief is sure to err, And scan his work in vain; God is his own interpreter, And he will make it plain."

Blind unbelief is sure to err, And scan his work in vain; God is his own interpreter, And he will make it plain.



William Cowper Quotes: "How sweet, how passing sweet, is solitude! But grant me still a friend in my retreat, whom I may whisper, solitude is sweet."

How sweet, how passing sweet, is solitude! But grant me still a friend in my retreat, whom I may whisper, solitude is sweet.



William Cowper Quotes: "Time, as he passes us, has a dove's wing, Unsoil'd, and swift, and of a silken sound."

Time, as he passes us, has a dove's wing, Unsoil'd, and swift, and of a silken sound.



William Cowper Quotes: "This fond attachment to the well-known place Whence first we started into life's long race, Maintains its hold with such unfailing sway, We feel it e'en in age, and at our latest day."

This fond attachment to the well-known place Whence first we started into life's long race, Maintains its hold with such unfailing sway, We feel it e'en in age, and at our latest day.



William Cowper Quotes: "The Frenchman, easy, debonair, and brisk, Give him his lass, his fiddle, and his frisk, Is always happy, reign whoever may, And laughs the sense of mis'ry far away."

The Frenchman, easy, debonair, and brisk, Give him his lass, his fiddle, and his frisk, Is always happy, reign whoever may, And laughs the sense of mis'ry far away.



William Cowper Quotes: "Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed."

Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.



William Cowper Quotes: "Admirals extolled for standing still, or doing nothing with a deal of skill."

Admirals extolled for standing still, or doing nothing with a deal of skill.



William Cowper Quotes: "Thus happiness depends, as nature shows, less on exterior things than most suppose."

Thus happiness depends, as nature shows, less on exterior things than most suppose.



William Cowper Quotes: "Pleasure is labour too, and tires as much."

Pleasure is labour too, and tires as much.



William Cowper Quotes: "War's a game, which, were their subjects wise, Kings would not play at."

War's a game, which, were their subjects wise, Kings would not play at.



William Cowper Quotes: "Tea - the cups that cheer but not inebriate."

Tea - the cups that cheer but not inebriate.



William Cowper Quotes: "They whom truth and wisdom lead, can gather honey from a weed."

They whom truth and wisdom lead, can gather honey from a weed.



William Cowper Quotes: "Detested sport, That owes its pleasures to another's pain."

Detested sport, That owes its pleasures to another's pain.