Abraham Cowley Quotes

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Abraham Cowley Quotes

Solitude can be used well by very few people. They who do must have a knowledge of the world to see the foolishness of it, and enough virtue to despise all the vanity.
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May I a small house and large garden have;
And a few friends,
And many books, both true.

— Abraham Cowley

The tulip next appeared, all over gay, But wanton, full of pride, and full of play; The world can't show a dye but here has place; Nay, by new mixtures, she can change her face; Purple and gold are both beneath her care- The richest needlework she loves to wear; Her only study is to please the eye, And to outshine the rest in finery

— Abraham Cowley

Hope! of all ills that men endure, the only cheap and universal cure.

— Abraham Cowley

This only grant me, that my means may lie too low for envy, for contempt too high.

— Abraham Cowley

Nothing so soon the drooping spirits can raise As praises from the men, whom all men praise.

— Abraham Cowley

The liberty of a people consists in being governed by laws which they have made themselves, under whatsoever form it be of government; the liberty of a private man, in being master of his own time and actions, as far as may consist with the laws of God and of his country.

— Abraham Cowley

Vain, weak-built isthmus, which dost proudly rise Up between two eternities!

— Abraham Cowley

Thus each extreme to equal danger tends, Plenty, as well as Want, can sep'rate friends.

— Abraham Cowley

Coy Nature, (which remain'd, though aged grown,
A beauteous virgin still, enjoy'd by none,
Nor seen unveil'd by anyone),
When Harvey's violent passion she did see,
Began to tremble and to flee;
Took sanctuary, like Daphne, in a tree:
There Daphne's Lover stopped, and thought it much
The very leaves of her to touch:
But Harvey, our Apollo, stopp'd not so;
Into the Bark and Root he after her did go!

— Abraham Cowley

Build yourself a book-nest to forget the world without.

— Abraham Cowley

The world's a scene of changes.

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Thus would I double my life's fading space;For he that runs it well, runs twice his race.

— Abraham Cowley

Neither the praise nor the blame is our own.

— Abraham Cowley

Nothing in Nature's sober found,
But an eternal Health goes round.
Fill up the Bowl then, fill it high
Fill all the Glasses there; for why
Should every Creature Drink but I?
Why, Man of Morals, tell me why?

— Abraham Cowley

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