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Absence of occupation is not rest, A mind quite vacant is a mind distress'd.
—  William Cowper
But still remember, if you mean to please, To press your point with modesty and ease.
—  William Cowper
E'vn in the stifling bosom of the town, A garden, in which nothing thrives, has charms That soothes the rich possessor; much consol'd, That here and there some sprigs of mournful mint, Or nightshade, or valerian, grace the well He cultivates.
—  William Cowper
The kindest and the happiest pair Will find occasion to forbear; And something, every day they live, To pity, and perhaps forgive.
—  William Cowper
The man that dares traduce, because he can with safety to himself, is not a man.
—  William Cowper
Perhaps thou gav'st me, though unseen, a kiss; Perhaps a tear, if souls can weep in bliss.
—  William Cowper
A tale should be judicious, clear, succinct; The language plain, and incidents well link'd; Tell not as new what ev'ry body knows; and, new or old, still hasten to a close.
—  William Cowper
Could he with reason murmur at his case, Himself sole author of his own disgrace?
—  William Cowper
But war 's a game which were their subjects wise Kings would not play at.
—  William Cowper
'Tis hard if all is false that I advance? A fool must now and then be right, by chance.
—  William Cowper
Ye therefore who love mercy, teach your sons to love it, too.
—  William Cowper
Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.
—  William Cowper
A moral, sensible, and well-bred man Will not affront me, and no other can.
—  William Cowper
No wild enthusiast ever yet could rest, till half mankind were, like himself, possest.
—  William Cowper
Lord, it is my chief complaint, That my love is weak and faint; Yet I love thee and adore, Oh for grace to love thee more!
—  William Cowper

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