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Existence is a strange bargain.
by 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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remorse, the fatal egg that pleasure laid.
- 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

Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The life of inner peace,
being harmonious and without stress,
is the easiest type of existence.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

From wonder into wonder existence opens.
- Lao Tzu

Change is the essential process of all existence.
- Spock character in Star Trek

If you have found your truth within yourself
there is nothing more in this whole existence to find.
- Osho

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear.
- The Buddha

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted,
but beholds it as something
unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.
- Albert Schweitzer

Existence needs you.
Without you, something will be missing
in existence and nobody can replace it.
Thats what gives you dignity,
that the whole existence will miss you.
- Osho

The things that have acquired unity are these:
Heaven by unity has become clear;
Earth by unity has become steady;
The Spirit by unity has become spiritual;
The Valley by unity has become full;
All things by unity have come into existence.
- Lao Tzu

The only way to deal with an unfree world
is to become so absolutely free
that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
- Albert Camus

The sacred altar of all existence
is where we meet our ancestors
and our descendants yet unborn.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Pay It Forward.
Gift future generations in proportion to your gratitude.
The nature of life is that we pay forward
our biological creation and nurture.
Our parents gift us with life and nurture,
and we gift our children with life and nurture.
While this much is essential to continued human existence,
choose to take "pay it forward" farther - much farther.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

As far as we can discern,
the sole purpose of human existence
is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
- Carl Jung

The heart is always right -
if there's a question of choosing between the mind and the heart -
because mind is a creation of the society.
It has been educated.
You have been given it by the society, not by existence.
The heart is unpolluted.
- Osho

If I had no family, my wife and I would lead a much
more romantic and nomadic existence.
- David McCallum

What is a miracle? To some, it is an act of God.
To others, something amazing, extraordinary, or unexpected.
To me, Life is a miracle.
Everything that happens is a miracle.
There is no reason for me to exist as I do -
no reason for humanity, the universe, or the laws of Nature.
Energy, mass, gravity and the rest of existence
are all so improbable.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy,
but that it is a bore.
It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.
- H. L. Mencken

When you cry and weep,
when you are miserable,
you are alone.
When you celebrate,
the whole existence participates with you.
Only in celebration
do we meet the ultimate, the eternal.
Only in celebration
do we go beyond the circle of birth and death.
- Osho

Fate is nothing but the deeds committed
in a prior state of existence.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The highest education is that which
does not merely give us information
but makes our life in harmony with all existence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear.
Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one.
Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.
- The Buddha

We are all born for love.
It is the principle of existence, and its only end.
- Benjamin Disraeli

I believe in the compelling power of love.
I do not understand it.
I believe it to be the most fragrant blossom of all this thorny existence.
- Theodore Dreiser

When you open up to the ultimate,
immediately it pours into you.
You are no longer an ordinary human being -
you have transcended.
Your insight has become the
insight of the whole existence.
Now you are no longer separate -
you have found your roots.
- Osho

We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence,
but we cling desperately to our chains.
- Anne Sullivan Macy

In other words, the man who is born into existence
deals first with language;
this is a given.
He is even caught in it before his birth.
- Jacques Lacan

Not suffering another existence is reaching the Way.
- Bodhidharma

What is the value of your existence?
- Stephen Evans

Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.
- Anatole France

The observant Jew has his own sense of values.
Torah Judaism is his blueprint for this life,
his target for existence.
- Meir Kahane

I pick my favourite quotations and store them in my mind as ready armour,
offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence.
- Robert Burns

We can come to look upon the deaths of our enemies
with as much regret as we feel for those of our friends,
namely, when we miss their existence as witnesses to our success.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Playwrights are like men who have been dining for a
month in an Indian restaurant.
After eating curry night after night,
they deny the existence of asparagus.
- Peter Ustinov

It is as impossible for man to demonstrate the existence
of God as it would be for even Sherlock Holmes to demonstrate
the existence of Arthur Conan Doyle.
- Frederick Buechner

Let us be moral.
Let us contemplate existence.
- Charles Dickens


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