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O solitude, where are the charms That sages have seen
by 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

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

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

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

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

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

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God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform.
He plants his footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm.
- William Cowper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow.
- 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

Find a time and place of solitude.
Look into the distance, and into the future.
Visualize the tomorrow you are going to build -
and begin to build that tomorrow, today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Language... has created the word "loneliness"
to express the pain of being alone.
And it has created the word "solitude"
to express the glory of being alone.
- Paul Tillich

The flower which is single need not envy
the thorns that are numerous.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Spend some time alone every day.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

I have a great deal of company in the house,
especially in the morning when nobody calls.
- Henry David Thoreau

As you simplify your life,
the laws of the universe will be simpler;
solitude will not be solitude,
poverty will not be poverty,
nor weakness weakness.
- Henry David Thoreau

We need to find God, and he cannot
be found in noise and restlessness.
God is the friend of silence.
See how nature - trees, flowers, grass-
grows in silence; see the stars,
the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...
We need silence to be able to touch souls.
- Mother Teresa

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life
stimulates the creative mind.
- Albert Einstein

Balance activity with serenity,
wealth with simplicity,
persistence with innovation,
community with solitude,
familiarity with adventure,
constancy with change,
leading with following.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinions;
it is easy in solitude to live after your own;
but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd
keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth,
but delicious in the years of maturity.
- Albert Einstein

I have never found a companion that was
so companionable as solitude.
We are for the most part more lonely
when we go abroad among men
than when we stay in our chambers.
A man thinking or working is always alone,
let him be where he will.
- Henry David Thoreau

Solitude is considered un-American.
- Erica Jong

Solitude is painful when one is young,
but delightful when one is more mature.
- Albert Einstein

Little do men perceive what solitude is,
and how far it extendeth.
For a crowd is not company,
and faces are but a gallery of pictures,
and talk but a tinkling cymbal,
where there is no love.
- Francis Bacon

Friendship needs no words - it is solitude delivered
from the anguish of loneliness.
- Dag Hammarskjold

The more powerful and original a mind,
the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
- Aldous Huxley

I love to be alone.
I never found the companion
that was so companionable as solitude.
- Henry David Thoreau

I never found a companion that was
so companionable as solitude.
- Henry David Thoreau

Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.
- Robert Browning

Love is made by two people, in different kinds of solitude.
It can be in a crowd, but in an oblivious crowd.
- Louis Aragon

Nothing is more capable of troubling our reason,
and consuming our health, than secret notions of jealousy in solitude.
- Aphra Behn

He who lives in solitude may make his own laws.
- Publilius Syrus

It's an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone,
and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience.
That's always been a tug of war for me.
- Jodie Foster

The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.
- Omar Khayyam

God is absence.
God is the solitude of man.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

Alone let him constantly meditate in solitude on that
which is salutary for his soul,
for he who meditates in solitude attains supreme bliss.
- Guru Nanak

Solitude vivifies; isolation kills.
- Joseph Roux

Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends,
rather than mob merriment, noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances.
- William Powell

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
- Aristotle

I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people:
that each protects the solitude of the other.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

The weight of the world is love.
Under the burden of solitude, under the burden of dissatisfaction.
- Allen Ginsberg

There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude,
and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Solitude terrifies the soul at twenty.
- Moliere


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