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Born in November 18, 1714 / Died in February 11, 1763 / United Kingdom / English

Quotes by William Shenstone

His knowledge of books had in some degree diminished his knowledge of the world.
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.
The proper means of increasing the love we bear our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one.
A fool and his words are soon parted.
Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority: envy our uneasiness under it.
There is nothing more universally commended than a fine day; the reason is that people can commend it without envy.
A man has generally the good or ill qualities, which he attributes to mankind.
Every single instance of a friend's insincerity increases our dependence on the efficacy of money.
Every good poet includes a critic, but the reverse is not true.
Virtues, like essences, lose their fragrance when exposed.
Second thoughts oftentimes are the very worst of all thoughts.
The eye must be easy, before it can be pleased.
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.
Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world.
What leads to unhappiness, is making pleasure the chief aim.
Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases.
Zealous men are ever displaying to you the strength of their belief, while judicious men are showing you the grounds of it.
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.
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.
The world may be divided into people that read, people that write, people that think, and fox-hunters.
A miser grows rich by seeming poor; an extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.
The regard one shows economy, is like that we show an old aunt who is to leave us something at last.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.
To thee, fair Freedom! I retire From flattery, cards, and dice, and din:...