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William Cowper

William Cowper

Born: November 26, 1731
Birthplace: Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Died: April 25, 1800

Occupation: Hymnodist and Poet
Profile: Regarded as a leading poet of his time. Best known for The Task.

Number of Quotes: 5

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

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

Knowledge is proud that he has learn'd so much; wisdom is humble that he knows no more.

The man that hails you Tom or Jack,
And proves by thumps upon your back
How he esteems your merit,
Is such a friend, that one had need
Be very much his friend indeed
To pardon or to bear it.

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

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