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    abraham cowley Quotes

    This only grant me, that my means may lie too low for envy, for contempt too high.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: lies  envy 
     
    Hope! of all ills that men endure, the only cheap and universal cure.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: men 
     
    The world's a scene of changes, and to be constant, in nature were inconstancy.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: nature  world 
     
    Nothing is to come, and nothing past: But an eternal now, does always last.
    — Abraham Cowley
    His faith perhaps in some nice tenets might be wrong; his life, I'm sure, was always in the right.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: right  faith 
     
    There have been fewer friends on earth than kings.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: friends  earth 
     
    Hope is the most hopeless thing of all.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: hope 
     
    Who lets slip fortune, her shall never find: Occasion once past by, is bald behind.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: past  occasion 
     
    The world's a scene of changes.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: world 
     
    Poets by Death are conquer'd but the wit Of poets triumphs over it.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: death  poet 
     
    Ah, yet, e'er I descend to th' grave, May I a small House and a large Garden have. And a few Friends, and many Books both true, Both wise, and both delightful too. And since Love ne'er will from me flee, A mistress moderately fair, And good as Guardian angels are, Only belov'd and loving me.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: friends  true  loving  angel  wise  book  garden 
     
    Books should, not Business, entertain the Light;And Sleep, as undisturb'd as Death, the Night.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: death  sleep  night  book  business 
     
    I confess I love littleness almost in all things. A little convenient estate, a little cheerful house, a little company, and a little feast....
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: company 
     
    Stones of small worth may lie unseen by day, But night itself does the rich gem betray.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: lies  night  worth 
     
    I would not fear nor wish my fate, but boldly say each night, to-morrow let my sun his beams display, or in clouds hide them; I have lived today.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: fate  fear  night  wishes 
     
    Vain, weak-built isthmus, which dost proudly rise Up between two eternities!
    — Abraham Cowley
    Nothing is there to come, and nothing past,But an eternal Now does always last.
    — Abraham Cowley
    A mighty pain to love it is,And 'tis a pain that pain to miss;But, of all pains, the greatest painIs to love, but love in vain.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: pain 
     
    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
    tags: time  men  people  action  master  law  god  liberty 
     
    Nothing so soon the drooping spirits can raise As praises from the men, whom all men praise.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: men  praise  spirit 
     
    Gold begets in brethren hate; Gold in families debate; Gold does friendship separate; Gold does civil wars create.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: friendship  war 
     
    I never had any other desire so strong, and so like covetousness, as that ... I might be master at last of a small house and a large garden, with very moderate conveniences joined to them, and there dedicate the remainder of my life to the culture of them and the study of nature.
    — Abraham Cowley
    Of all ills that one endures, hope is a cheap and universal cure.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: hope 
     
    For the whole world, without a native home, Is nothing but a prison of larger room.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: world  prison 
     
    Life is an incurable disease.
    — Abraham Cowley
    s a scene of changes, and to be constant in Nature were inconstancy.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: nature 
     
    Life for delays and doubts no time does give,None ever yet made haste enough to live.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: time  live  doubt 
     
    His faith, perhaps, in some nice tenets mightBe wrong; his life, I'm sure, was in the right.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: right  faith 
     
    God the first garden made, and the first city Cain.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: god  garden 
     
    May I a small house and large garden have; And a few friends, And many books, both true.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: friends  true  book  garden 
     
    Acquaintance I would have, but when it depends; not on number, but the choice of friends.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: friends  choice 
     
    This only grant me, that my means may lie, too low for envy, for contempt to high.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: lies  envy 
     
    Lukewarmness I account a sin, as great in love as in religion.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: sin 
     
    Ah! Wretched and too solitary he who loves not his own company.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: company 
     
    To be a husbandman, is but a retreat from the city; to be a philosopher, from the world; or rather, a retreat from the world, as it is man's, into the world, as it is God's.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: world  god  philosopher 
     
    Beauty, thou wild fantastic ape Who dost in every country change thy shape!
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: beauty  wild 
     
    Water and air He for the Tenor chose,Earth made the Base, the Treble Fame arose,To th' active Moon a quick brisk stroke he gave,To Saturn's string a touch more sore and grave.The motions strait, and round, and swift, and slow,And short and long, were mixt and woven so,Did in such artful Figures smoothly fall,As made this decent measur'd dance of all.And this is Musick.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: decent  fame  moon  water  dance 
     
    Fill the bowl with rosy wine, around our temples roses twine, And let us cheerfully awhile, like wine and roses, smile.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: smile 
     
    Man is too near all kinds of beasts,-a fawning dog, a roaring lion, a thieving fox, a robbing wolf, a dissembling crocodile, a treacherous decoy, and a rapacious vulture.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: men  dog 
     
    Sleep is a god too proud to wait in palaces, and yet so humble too as not to scorn the meanest country cottages.
    — Abraham Cowley
    tags: sleep  god 
     
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