William Cowper Quotes on different aspects of life

William Cowper (26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800) was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of 18th century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. In many ways, he was one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry. Samuel Taylor Coleridge called him “the best modern poet”, whilst William Wordsworth particularly admired his poem Yardley-Oak. After being institutionalised for insanity, Cowper found refuge in a fervent evangelical Christianity. He continued to suffer doubt and, after a dream in 1773, believed that he was doomed to eternal damnation. He recovered and wrote more religious hymns. His religious sentiment and association with John Newton (who wrote the hymn “Amazing Grace”) led to much of the poetry for which he is best remembered, and to the series of Olney Hymns. His poem “Light Shining out of Darkness” gave English the phrase: “God moves in a mysterious way/ His wonders to perform.” He also wrote a number of anti-slavery poems and his friendship with Newton, who was an avid anti-slavery campaigner, resulted in Cowper being asked to write in support of the Abolitionist campaign. Cowper wrote a poem called “The Negro’s Complaint” (1788) which rapidly became very famous, and was often quoted by Martin Luther King Jr. during the 20th century civil rights movement. He also wrote several other less well known poems on slavery in the 1780s, many of which attacked the idea that slavery was economically viable. We bring you the compilation of the best William Cowper Quotes, hope you like it.

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William Cowper Quotes on different aspects of life

Such stuff the world is made of. -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

How much a dunce that has been sent to roam Excels a dunce that has been kept at home! -William Cowper

A fool must now and then be right by chance. -William Cowper

He that has seen both sides of fifty has lived to little purpose if he has no other views of the world than he had when he was much younger. -William Cowper

We are never more in danger than when we think ourselves most secure, nor in reality more secure than when we seem to be most in danger. -William Cowper

Absence of occupation is not rest, A mind quite vacant is a mind distress’d. -William Cowper

William Cowper Quotes on different aspects of life

Remorse begets reform. -William Cowper

The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose. -William Cowper

What is there in the vale of life Half so delightful as a wife When Friendship, love and peace combine To stamp the marriage bond divine? -William Cowper

The town is man’s world, but this country life is of God. -William Cowper 

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

Restraining prayer, we cease to fight; Prayer keeps the Christian’s armour bright; And Satan trembles when he sees The weakest saint upon his knees. -William Cowper

William Cowper Quotes on different aspects of life

Variety’s the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavour. -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

Religion, if in heavenly truths attired, Needs only to be seen to be admired. -William Cowper

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A moral, sensible, and well-bred man Will not affront me, and no other can. -William Cowper

The cares of today are seldom those of tomorrow. -William Cowper

I praise the Frenchman; his remark was shrewd, “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

Grief is itself a medicine. -William Cowper


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