William Shenstone


English Poet

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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.

A man has generally the good or ill qualities which he attributes to mankind.

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.

The fund of sensible discourse is limited; that of jest and badinerie is infinite.

A poet hurts himself by writing prose, as a racehorse hurts his motions by condescending to draw in a team.

Learning, like money, may be of so base a coin as to be utterly void of use; or, if sterling, may require good management to make it serve the purposes of sense or happiness.

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.

A poet that fails in writing becomes often a morose critic. The weak and insipid white wine makes at length excellent vinegar.

Liars... begin with making falsehood appear like truth, and end with making truth itself appear like falsehood.

The regard one shows economy, is like that we show an old aunt who is to leave us something at last.

A reserved man is in continual conflict with the social part of his nature, and even grudges himself the laugh into which he is sometimes betrayed.

Long sentences in a short composition are like large rooms in a little house.

The world may be divided into people that read, people that write, people that think, and fox-hunters.

Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world.

Love is a pleasing but a various clime.

The worst inconvenience of a small fortune is that it will not admit of inadvertency.

Conscience is at most times a very faithful and prudent admonitor.

My banks they are furnish?d with bees, whose murmur invites one to sleep.

There is nothing more universally commended than a fine day; the reason is that people can commend it without envy.

Every good poet includes a critic, but the reverse is not true.

Necessity may be the mother of lucrative invention, but it is the death of poetical invention.

There seem near as many people that want passion as want reason.

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

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