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His knowledge of books had in some degree diminished his knowledge of the world.
William Shenstone
Every good poet includes a critic, but the reverse is not true.
The proper means of increasing the love we bear our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one.
William Shenstone
There is nothing more universally commended than a fine day; the reason is that people can commend it without envy.
William Shenstone
Virtues, like essences, lose their fragrance when exposed.
The regard one shows economy, is like that we show an old aunt who is to leave us something at last.
William Shenstone
A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.
William Shenstone
Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world.
William Shenstone
Hope is a flatterer, but the most upright of all parasites; for she frequents the poor man’s hut, as well as the palace of his superior.
William Shenstone
Second thoughts oftentimes are the very worst of all thoughts.
The lines of poetry, the period of prose, and even the texts of Scripture most frequently recollected and quoted, are those which are felt to be preeminently musical.
William Shenstone
A fool and his words are soon parted.
The best time to frame an answer to the letters of a friend, is the moment you receive them. Then the warmth of friendship, and the intelligence received, most forcibly cooperate.
William Shenstone
Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases.
A man has generally the good or ill qualities, which he attributes to mankind.
William Shenstone
What leads to unhappiness, is making pleasure the chief aim.
Zealous men are ever displaying to you the strength of their belief, while judicious men are showing you the grounds of it.
William Shenstone
A miser grows rich by seeming poor; an extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.
William Shenstone
The eye must be easy, before it can be pleased.
A miser grows rich by seeming poor; an extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.
William Shenstone
Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority: envy our uneasiness under it.
William Shenstone
Every single instance of a friend’s insincerity increases our dependence on the efficacy of money.
William Shenstone
The world may be divided into people that read, people that write, people that think, and fox-hunters.
William Shenstone
Grandeur and beauty are so very opposite, that you often diminish the one as you increase the other. Variety is most akin to the latter, simplicity to the former.
William Shenstone
Laws are generally found to be nets of such a texture, as the little creep through, the great break through, and the middle-sized are alone entangled in it.
William Shenstone