William Shenstone


English Poet

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Every good poet includes a critic; the reverse will not hold.

Nothing is certain in London but expense.

They [liars] begin with making falsehood appear like truth, and end with making truth appear like falsehood.

Every single instance of a friend's insincerity increases our dependence on the efficacy of money.

Offensive objects, at a proper distance, acquire even a degree of beauty.

True honor is to honesty what the Court of Chancery is to common law.

For seldom shall she hear a tale so sad, so tender, and so true.

Oft has good nature been the fool's defense, and honest meaning gilded want of sense.

We hate those faults most in others which we are guilty of ourselves.

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.

Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases.

Whoe'er has traveled life's dull round, where'er his stages may have been, may sigh to think he still has found the warmest welcome, at an inn.

Her cap, far whiter than the driven snow, emblem right meet of decency does yield.

Pun-provoking thyme.

Zealous men are ever displaying to you the strength of their belief, while judicious men are showing you the grounds of it.

His knowledge of books had in some degree diminished his knowledge of the world.

Reserve is no more essentially connected with understanding than a church organ with devotion, or wine with good-nature.

I fancy the proper means of increasing the love we bear our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one.

Second thoughts oftentimes are the very worst of all thoughts.

A fool and his words are soon parted; a man of genius and his money.

I have found out a gift for my fair; I have found where the wood-pigeons breed.

So sweetly she bade me adieu, I thought that she bade me return.

A little bench of heedless bishops here, and there a chancellor in embryo.

Jealousy is the apprehension of superiority.

The eye must be easy, before it can be pleased.

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