William Shenstone


English Poet

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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.

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.

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