52 Beautiful Quotes By William Cowper To Ponder Over
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 18
th 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 18 th century Britain.
God moves in mysterious ways
His wonders to performs Variety's the very spice of life, that gives it all it's flavour. Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much. Wisdom is humble that he knows not more. Knowledge dwells in heads replete with thoughts of other men; wisdom in minds attentive to their own. Satan trembles, when he sees the weakest Saint upon his knees. Nature is a good name for an effect whose cause is God. Man may dismiss compassion from his heart, but God never will. The darkest day if you live till tomorrow will have past away. 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. Still ending, and beginning still! 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. Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose. Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain. The good we never miss we rarely prize Sends Nature forth the daughter of the skies... To dance on earth, and charm all human eyes. A fool must now and then be right, by chance. Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed. 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. Assail'd by scandal and the tongue of strife,
His only answer was, a blameless life. O, popular applause! what heart of man is proof against thy sweet, seducing charms? No one was ever scolded out of their sins. Reasoning at every step he treads, Man yet mistakes his way, Whilst meaner things, whom instinct leads, Are rarely known to stray. A self-made man? Yes, and one who worships his creator. Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more. God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform. He plants his footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm. Thus happiness depends, as nature shows, less on exterior things than most suppose. Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon their knees. They whom truth and wisdom lead, can gather honey from a weed. Variety's the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor. In a fleshy tomb I am buried above ground. 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. Eternity for bubbles proves at last a senseless bargain. Their tameness is shocking to me. Books are not seldom talismans and spells. No wild enthusiast could rest, till half the world like him was possessed. It chills my blood to hear the blest Supreme Rudely appealed to on each trifling theme. An epigram is but a feeble thing - With straw in tail, stuck there by way of sting. 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. The earth was made so various, that the mind Of desultory man, studious of change, And pleased with novelty, might be indulged. The parson knows enough who knows a Duke. Wisdom is humble that he knows no more. How much a dunce that has been sent to roam, excels a dunce that has been kept at home. Where men of judgment creep and feel their way, The positive pronounce without dismay. Remorse, the fatal egg that pleasure laid. 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 darkest day, if you live till tomorrow, will have passed away.
No man can be a patriot on an empty stomach.
Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too.
The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow.
God made the country, and man made the town.
Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair. Glory, built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt.