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William Cowper quotes and sayings on knowledge, hymns, principles, nature, garden, life, love, hope, God, man, truth, wisdom, happiness etc.

52 Beautiful Quotes By William Cowper To Ponder Over

Quick Facts

Famous As: Poet

Born On: November 26, 1731

Died On: April 25, 1800

Born In: Berkhamsted

Died At Age: 68

One of the greatest poets and hymnodist from Britain, William Cowper revolutionized the art of nature poetry by depicting everyday life and scenery of English terrains. He was an ardent supporter of abolition of Slavery. Cowper, along with ideas from John Newton, created numerous anti-slavery hymns and poems which were later vehemently used by Martin Luther king Jr. in the anti-apartheid movement. His famous works include ‘Light Shining out of Darkness’, ‘The Negro's Complain’ and ‘Hymns by William Cowper’. In his other lesser known works, Cowper condemned the theory which supports economical viability of slavery. Cowper was also one of the kingpins of Romanticism movement prevalent during the 18th century England. His fellow contemporaries, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, have regarded him as "the best modern poet". We have collected some of his most notable quotes from his poems, and writings. His thoughts and sayings professed spirituality, righteousness, wisdom, happiness, patriotism, equality. Browse through these quotes from this prolific poet from 18th century Britain.

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God moves in mysterious ways His wonders to performs

William Cowper

Variety's the very spice of life, that gives it all it's flavour.

William Cowper

Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much. Wisdom is humble that he knows not more.

William Cowper

Knowledge dwells in heads replete with thoughts of other men; wisdom in minds attentive to their own.

William Cowper

Satan trembles, when he sees the weakest Saint upon his knees.

William Cowper

Nature is a good name for an effect whose cause is God.

William Cowper

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

William Cowper

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

William Cowper

But it is a sort of April-weather life that we lead in this world. A little sunshine is generally the prelude to a storm.

William Cowper

Still ending, and beginning still!

William Cowper

When we don't pray, we quit the fight. Prayer keeps the Christian's armor bright. And Satan trembles when he sees. The weakest saint upon his knees.

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

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

The good we never miss we rarely prize

William Cowper

Sends Nature forth the daughter of the skies... To dance on earth, and charm all human eyes.

William Cowper

A fool must now and then be right, by chance.

William Cowper

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

William Cowper

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

Assail'd by scandal and the tongue of strife, His only answer was, a blameless life.

William Cowper

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

William Cowper

No one was ever scolded out of their sins.

William Cowper

Reasoning at every step he treads, Man yet mistakes his way, Whilst meaner things, whom instinct leads, Are rarely known to stray.

William Cowper

A self-made man? Yes, and one who worships his creator.

William Cowper

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

William Cowper

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

William Cowper

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

William Cowper

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

William Cowper

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

William Cowper

Variety's the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor.

William Cowper

In a fleshy tomb I am buried above ground.

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

Eternity for bubbles proves at last a senseless bargain.

William Cowper

Their tameness is shocking to me.

William Cowper

Books are not seldom talismans and spells.

William Cowper

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

William Cowper

It chills my blood to hear the blest Supreme Rudely appealed to on each trifling theme.

William Cowper

An epigram is but a feeble thing - With straw in tail, stuck there by way of sting.

William Cowper

Meditation here may think down hours to moments. Here the heart may give a useful lesson to the head and learning wiser grow without his books.

William Cowper

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

William Cowper

The parson knows enough who knows a Duke.

William Cowper

Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.

William Cowper

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

William Cowper

Where men of judgment creep and feel their way, The positive pronounce without dismay.

William Cowper

Remorse, the fatal egg that pleasure laid.

William Cowper

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.

William Cowper

The darkest day, if you live till tomorrow, will have passed away.

William Cowper

No man can be a patriot on an empty stomach.

William Cowper

Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too.

William Cowper

The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow.

William Cowper

God made the country, and man made the town.

William Cowper

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

William Cowper

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

William Cowper