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Remorse, the fatal egg that pleasure laid. ...
by William Cowper

Remorse, the fatal egg that pleasure laid.
- William Cowper

Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too.
- William Cowper

Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
- William Cowper

Reasoning at every step he treads, Man yet mistakes his way,
Whilst meaner things, whom instinct leads,
Are rarely known to stray.
- William Cowper

 

Man may dismiss compassion from his heart,
but God never will.
- William Cowper

O solitude, where are the charms That sages have seen
in thy face? Better dwell in the midst of alarms,
Than reign in this horrible place.
- William Cowper

The dogs did bark, the children screamed,
Up flew the windows all; And every soul bawled out,
Well done!
As loud as he could bawl.
- William Cowper

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Nature is a good name for an effect whose cause is God.
- William Cowper

The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow.
- William Cowper

Variety's the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor.
- William Cowper

No wild enthusiast could rest, till half the world like him was possessed.
- William Cowper

God made the country, and man made the town.
- William Cowper

How much a dunce that has been sent to roam,
excels a dunce that has been kept at home.
- 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

Absence from whom we love is worse than death,
and frustrates hope severer than despair.
- William Cowper

No man can be a patriot on an empty stomach.
- William Cowper

Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
- William Cowper

Glory, built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt.
- William Cowper

No one was ever scolded out of their sins.
- William Cowper

Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon their knees.
- William Cowper

The earth was made so various, that the mind Of desultory man,
studious of change, And pleased with novelty,
might be indulged.
- William Cowper

Thus happiness depends, as nature shows,
less on exterior things than most suppose.
- William Cowper

O, popular applause!
what heart of man is proof against thy sweet,
seducing charms?
- William Cowper

Where men of judgment creep and feel their way,
The positive pronounce without dismay.
- William Cowper

Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.
- William Cowper

Meditation here may think down hours to moments.
Here the heart may give a useful lesson to the head
and learning wiser grow without his books.
- William Cowper

It chills my blood to hear the blest Supreme Rudely
appealed to on each trifling theme.
- William Cowper

They whom truth and wisdom lead, can gather honey from a weed.
- William Cowper

An epigram is but a feeble thing - With straw in tail,
stuck there by way of sting.
- William Cowper

Ceremony leads her bigots forth, prepared to fight for shadows of no worth.
While truths, on which eternal things depend,
can hardly find a single friend.
- William Cowper

A self-made man? Yes, and one who worships his creator.
- William Cowper

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

The darkest day, if you live till tomorrow,
will have past away.
- 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

Knowledge is proud that it knows so much;
wisdom is humble that it knows no more.
- William Cowper

The parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
- William Cowper

One man's remorse is another man's reminiscence.
- Ogden Nash

Never feel remorse for what you have thought about your wife;
she has thought much worse things about you.
- Jean Rostand

Remorse is virtue's root; its fair increase are fruits
of innocence and blessedness.
- William C. Bryant

I cannot show remorse because I do not believe I am guilty.
- Lyn Nofziger

I do not feel remorse.
Everybody makes mistakes in war.
- Abu Abbas

Remorse is the echo of a lost virtue.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

Remorse sleeps during prosperity but awakes bitter
consciousness during adversity.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Remorse: beholding heaven and feeling hell.
- George A. Moore

Remorse for what? You people have done everything in the world to me.
Doesn't that give me equal right?
- Charles Manson

There is no person so severely punished,
as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Good God, if our civilization were to sober up for
a couple of days it'd die of remorse on the third.
- Malcolm Lowry

On the throne, one has many worries;
and remorse is the one that weighs the least.
- Jean Racine

There is no refuge from memory and remorse in this world.
The spirits of our foolish deeds haunt us,
with or without repentance.
- Gilbert Parker

Who among us has the strength to oppose petty egoism,
those petty good feelings, pity and remorse?
- Ivan Turgenev

It really is a day job, and it also seems to have virtually
disappeared-with no remorse,
really.
It gives me more time to paint.
- Martin Mull

I think remorse ought to stop biting the consciences that feed it.
- Ogden Nash

Repentance is accepted remorse.
- Anne Sophie Swetchine

Remorse is a violent dyspepsia of the mind.
- Ogden Nash

I would far rather feel remorse than know how to define it.
- Thomas Kempis

Christian morality prefers remorse to precede lust,
and then lust not to follow.
- Karl Kraus

Remorse is the pain of sin.
- Theodore Parker

Show business is the best possible therapy for remorse.
- Anita Loos

Childhood: the period of human life intermediate between
the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth -
two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age.
- Ambrose Bierce

I looked back at some of my earlier published stories
with genuine horror and remorse.
I got thinking, How many extant copies might there be,
who owns them, and do they keep their doors locked?
- Richard Russo

When I think of the person that I thought was Bill Clinton,
I think he had genuine remorse.
When I think of the person that I now see is 100 percent politician,
I think he's sorry he got caught.
- Monica Lewinsky

Success is not final, failure is not fatal.
It is the courage to continue that counts.
- Winston Churchill

Life is a dangerous - ultimately fatal - endeavor,
so you may as well live it full out.
Chart your course, cast off the lines,
and boldly sail the seas of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty,
the contemplation of mystery,
or the search of truth or perfection
is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession
of such days is fatal to human life.
- Lewis Mumford

Life is like jumping out of an airplane without a parachute -
only the last couple seconds are fatal,
but most people are scared to death the whole way down.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Time rushes towards us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics,
even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.
- Tennessee Williams

Travel is fatal to bigotry, prejudice, and narrow-mindedness.
- Mark Twain

There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes
the greater part of his life getting his living.
- Henry David Thoreau

Television is a golden goose that lays scrambled eggs;
and it is futile and probably fatal to beat it for not laying caviar.
Anyway, more people like scrambled eggs than caviar.
- Lee Loevinger

An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and
most fatal ailment of all republics.
- Plutarch

While formal schooling is an important advantage,
it is not a guarantee of success nor is its absence a fatal handicap.
- Ray Kroc


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