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#1. Taste and good-nature are universally connected. - Author: William Shenstone
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#2. Critics must excuse me if I compare them to certain animals called asses, who, by gnawing vines, originally taught the great advantage of pruning them. - Author: William Shenstone
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#3. My banks they are furnish'd with bees, Whose murmur invites one to sleep. - Author: William Shenstone
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#4. There would not be any absolute necessity for reserve if the world were honest; yet even then it would prove expedient. For, in order to attain any degree of deference, it seems necessary that people should imagine you have more accomplishments than you discover. - Author: William Shenstone
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#5. People can commend the weather without envy. - Author: William Shenstone
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#6. When misfortunes happen to such as dissent from us in matters of religion, we call them judgments; when to those of our own sect, we call them trials; when to persons neither way distinguished, we are content to attribute them to the settled course of things. - Author: William Shenstone
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#7. Oft has good nature been the fool's defence, And honest meaning gilded want of sense. - Author: William Shenstone
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#8. In every village marked with little spire,
Embowered in trees, and hardly known to fame. - Author: William Shenstone
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#9. Let the gulled fool the toil of war pursue, where bleed the many to enrich the few. - Author: William Shenstone
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#10. 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. - Author: William Shenstone
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#11. A man of remarkable genius may afford to pass by a piece of wit, if it happen to border on abuse. A little genius is obliged to catch at every witticism indiscriminately. - Author: William Shenstone
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#12. The eye must be easy, before it can be pleased. - Author: William Shenstone
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#13. Prudent men lock up their motives, letting familiars have a key to their hearts, as to their garden. - Author: William Shenstone
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#14. The most reserved of men, that will not exchange two syllables together in an English coffee-house, should they meet at Ispahan, would drink sherbet and eat a mess of rice together. - Author: William Shenstone
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#15. The world may be divided into people that read, people that write, people that think, and fox-hunters. - Author: William Shenstone
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#16. May I always have a heart superior, with economy suitable, to my fortune. - Author: William Shenstone
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#17. I trimmed my lamp, consumed the midnight oil. - Author: William Shenstone
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#18. 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. - Author: William Shenstone
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#19. The lowest people are generally the first to find fault with show or equipage; especially that of a person lately emerged from his obscurity. They never once consider that he is breaking the ice for themselves. - Author: William Shenstone
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#20. To thee, fair Freedom! I retire From flattery, cards, and dice, and din: Nor art thou found in mansions higher Than the low cot, or humble inn. - Author: William Shenstone
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#21. I am thankful that my name in obnoxious to no pun. - Author: William Shenstone
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#22. 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. - Author: William Shenstone
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#23. Virtues, like essences, lose their fragrance when exposed. - Author: William Shenstone
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#24. Deference often shrinks and withers as much upon the approach of intimacy as the sensitive plant does upon the touch of one's finger. - Author: William Shenstone
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#25. Misers, as death approaches, are heaping up a chest of reasons to stand in more awe of him. - Author: William Shenstone
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#26. Offensive objects, at a proper distance, acquire even a degree of beauty. - Author: William Shenstone
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#27. It should seem that indolence itself would incline a person to be honest, as it requires infinitely greater pains and contrivance to be a knave. - Author: William Shenstone
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#28. The regard one shows economy, is like that we show an old aunt who is to leave us something at last. - Author: William Shenstone
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#29. Nothing is certain in London but expense. - Author: William Shenstone
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#30. 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. - Author: William Shenstone
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#31. What some people term Freedom is nothing else than a liberty of saying and doing disagreeable things. It is but carrying the notion a little higher, and it would require us to break and have a head broken reciprocally without offense. - Author: William Shenstone
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#32. Long sentences in a short composition are like large rooms in a little house. - Author: William Shenstone
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#33. I have been formerly so silly as to hope that every servant I had might be made a friend; I am now convinced that the nature of servitude generally bears a contrary tendency. People's characters are to be chiefly collected from their education and place in life; birth itself does but little. - Author: William Shenstone
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#34. Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world. - Author: William Shenstone
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#35. There is nothing more universally commended than a fine day; the reason is that people can commend it without envy. - Author: William Shenstone
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#36. Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases. - Author: William Shenstone
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#37. Every single instance of a friend's insincerity increases our dependence on the efficacy of money. - Author: William Shenstone
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#38. Persons who discover a flatterer, do not always disapprove him, because he imagines them considerable enough to deserve his applications. - Author: William Shenstone
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#39. Fools are very often united in the strictest intimacies, as the lighter kinds of woods are the most closely glued together. - Author: William Shenstone
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#40. To one who said, "I do not believe that there is an honest man in the world," another replied, "It is impossible that any one man should know all the world, but quite possible that one may know himself." - Author: William Shenstone
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#41. Wit is the refractory pupil of judgment. - Author: William Shenstone
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#42. A rich dress adds but little to the beauty of a person. It may possibly create a deference, but that is rather an enemy to love. - Author: William Shenstone
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#43. It seems idle to rail at ambition merely because it is a boundless passion; or rather is not this circumstance an argument in its favor? If one would be employed or amused through life, should we not make choice of a passion that will keep one long in play? - Author: William Shenstone
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#44. We may daily discover crowds acquire sufficient wealth to buy gentility, but very few that possess the virtues which ennoble human nature, and (in the best sense of the word) constitute a gentleman. - Author: William Shenstone
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#45. A statue in a garden is to be considered as one part of a scene or landscape. - Author: William Shenstone
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#46. Every good poet includes a critic, but the reverse is not true. - Author: William Shenstone
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#47. Let us be careful to distinguish modesty, which is ever amiable, from reserve, which is only prudent. - Author: William Shenstone
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#48. It is true there is nothing displays a genius, I mean a quickness of genius, more than a dispute; as two diamonds, encountering, contribute to each other's luster. But perhaps the odds is much against the man of taste in this particular. - Author: William Shenstone
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#49. Modesty makes large amends for the pain it gives those who labor under it, by the prejudice it affords every worthy person in their favor. - Author: William Shenstone
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#50. Men are sometimes accused of pride, merely because their accusers would be proud themselves were they in their places. - Author: William Shenstone
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#51. Independence may be found in comparative as well as in absolute abundance; I mean where a person contracts his desires within the limits of his fortune. - Author: William Shenstone
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#52. Deference is the most complicate, the most indirect, and the most elegant of all compliments. - Author: William Shenstone
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#53. Taste is pursued at a less expense than fashion. - Author: William Shenstone
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#54. Zealous men are ever displaying to you the strength of their belief, while judicious men are showing you the grounds of it. - Author: William Shenstone
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#55. In a heavy oppressive atmosphere, when the spirits sink too low, the best cordial is to read over all the letters of one's friends. - Author: William Shenstone
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#56. A plain narrative of any remarkable fact, emphatically related, has a more striking effect without the author's comment. - Author: William Shenstone
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#57. Patience is the panacea; but where does it grow, or who can swallow it? - Author: William Shenstone
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#58. In designing a house and gardens, it is happy when there is an opportunity of maintaining a subordination of parts; the house so luckily place as to exhibit a view of the whole design. I have sometimes thought that there was room for it to resemble a epic or dramatic poem. - Author: William Shenstone
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#59. Some men use no other means to acquire respect than by insisting on it; and it sometimes answers their purpose, as it does a highwayman's in regard to money. - Author: William Shenstone
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#60. Flattery of the verbal kind is gross. In short, applause is of too coarse a nature to be swallowed in the gross, though the extract or tincture be ever so agreeable. - Author: William Shenstone
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#61. There is a certain flimsiness of poetry which seems expedient in a song. - Author: William Shenstone
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#62. Immoderate assurance is perfect licentiousness. - Author: William Shenstone
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#63. I hate a style, as I do a garden, that is wholly flat and regular; that slides along like an eel, and never rises to what one can call an inequality. - Author: William Shenstone
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#64. Whoe'er has travell'd 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. - Author: William Shenstone
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#65. Persons are oftentimes misled in regard to their choice of dress by attending to the beauty of colors, rather than selecting such colors as may increase their own beauty. - Author: William Shenstone
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#66. The proper means of increasing the love we bear our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one. - Author: William Shenstone
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#67. The difference there is betwixt honor and honesty seems to be chiefly the motive; the mere honest man does that from duty which the man of honor does for the sake of character. - Author: William Shenstone
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#68. A large, branching, aged oak is perhaps the most venerable of all inanimate objects. - Author: William Shenstone
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#69. The weak and insipid white wine makes at length excellent vinegar. - Author: William Shenstone
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#70. Love can be founded upon Nature only. - Author: William Shenstone
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#71. Trifles discover a character, more than actions of importance. - Author: William Shenstone
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#72. There are no persons more solicitous about the preservation of rank than those who have no rank at all. Observe the humors of a country christening, and you will find no court in Christendom so ceremonious as the quality of Brentford. - Author: William Shenstone
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#73. I know not whether increasing years do not cause us to esteem fewer people and to bear with more. - Author: William Shenstone
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#74. So sweetly she bade me adieu, I thought that she bade me return. - Author: William Shenstone
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#75. A person that would secure to himself great deference will, perhaps, gain his point by silence as effectually as by anything he can say. - Author: William Shenstone
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#76. A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood. - Author: William Shenstone
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#77. Avarice is the most oppose of all characters to that of God Almighty, whose alone it is to give and not receive. - Author: William Shenstone
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#78. Fashion is a great restraint upon your persons of taste and fancy; who would otherwise in the most trifling instances be able to distinguish themselves from the vulgar. - Author: William Shenstone
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#79. When self-interest inclines a man to print, he should consider that the purchaser expects a pennyworth for his penny, and has reason to asperse his honesty if he finds himself deceived. - Author: William Shenstone
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#80. Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority: envy our uneasiness under it. - Author: William Shenstone
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#81. It happens a little unluckily that the persons who have the most infinite contempt of money are the same that have the strongest appetite for the pleasures it procures. - Author: William Shenstone
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#82. 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. - Author: William Shenstone
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#83. His knowledge of books had in some degree diminished his knowledge of the world. - Author: William Shenstone
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#84. Second thoughts oftentimes are the very worst of all thoughts. - Author: William Shenstone
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#85. A miser grows rich by seeming poor; an extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich. - Author: William Shenstone
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#86. Theirs is the present who can praise the past. - Author: William Shenstone
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#87. 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. - Author: William Shenstone
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#88. What leads to unhappiness, is making pleasure the chief aim. - Author: William Shenstone
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#89. Many persons, when exalted, assume an insolent humility, who behaved before with an insolent haughtiness. - Author: William Shenstone
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#90. Health is beauty, and the most perfect health is the most perfect beauty. - Author: William Shenstone
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#91. The love of popularity seems little else than the love of being beloved; and is only blamable when a person aims at the affections of a people by means in appearance honest, but in their end pernicious and destructive. - Author: William Shenstone
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#92. A man has generally the good or ill qualities, which he attributes to mankind. - Author: William Shenstone
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#93. Reserve is no more essentially connected with understanding than a church organ with devotion, or wine with good-nature. - Author: William Shenstone
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