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William Shenstone Quote: “Nothing is certain in London but expense.”

Nothing is certain in London but expense.

— William Shenstone



William Shenstone Quote: “I trimmed my lamp, consumed the midnight oil.”

I trimmed my lamp, consumed the midnight oil.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “Health is beauty, and the most perfect health is the most perfect beauty.”

Health is beauty, and the most perfect health is the most perfect beauty.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.”

A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “A fool and his words are soon parted.”

A fool and his words are soon parted.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “A miser grows rich by seeming poor. An extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.”

A miser grows rich by seeming poor. An extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “Oft has good nature been the fool’s defence, And honest meaning gilded want of sense.”

Oft has good nature been the fool’s defence, And honest meaning gilded want of sense.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “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.”

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.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “Deference is the most complicate, the most indirect, and the most elegant of all compliments.”

Deference is the most complicate, the most indirect, and the most elegant of all compliments.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “Whoe’er excels in what we prize, appears a hero in our eyes.”

Whoe’er excels in what we prize, appears a hero in our eyes.

— William Shenstone



William Shenstone Quote: “Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world.”

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

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “However, I think a plain space near the eye gives it a kind of liberty it loves; and then the picture, whether you choose the grand or beautiful, should be held up at its proper distance. Variety is the principal ingredient in beauty; and simplicity is essential to grandeur.”

However, I think a plain space near the eye gives it a kind of liberty it loves; and then the picture, whether you choose the grand or beautiful, should be held up at its proper distance. Variety is the principal ingredient in beauty; and simplicity is essential to grandeur.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “Love can be founded upon Nature only.”

Love can be founded upon Nature only.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “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.”

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.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “Wit is the refractory pupil of judgment.”

Wit is the refractory pupil of judgment.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “So sweetly she bade me adieu, I thought that she bade me return.”

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

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “Some men are called sagacious, merely on account of their avarice; whereas a child can clench its fist the moment it is born.”

Some men are called sagacious, merely on account of their avarice; whereas a child can clench its fist the moment it is born.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “The proper means of increasing the love we bear our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one.”

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

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “The regard one shows economy, is like that we show an old aunt who is to leave us something at last.”

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

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “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.”

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.

— William Shenstone



William Shenstone Quote: “Long sentences in a short composition are like large rooms in a little house.”

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

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “The world may be divided into people that read, people that write, people that think, and fox-hunters.”

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

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “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.””

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.”

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “Zealous men are ever displaying to you the strength of their belief. while judicious men are showing you the grounds of it.”

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

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “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.”

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.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “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.”

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.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “The fund of sensible discourse is limited; that of jest and badinerie is infinite.”

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

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “Trifles discover a character, more than actions of importance.”

Trifles discover a character, more than actions of importance.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “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.”

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.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “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.”

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.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “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.”

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.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “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.”

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.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “Men of quality never appear more amiable than when their dress is plain. Their birth, rank, title and its appendages are at best indivious and as they do not need the assistance of dress, so, by their disclaiming the advantage of it, they make their superiority sit more easy.”

Men of quality never appear more amiable than when their dress is plain. Their birth, rank, title and its appendages are at best indivious and as they do not need the assistance of dress, so, by their disclaiming the advantage of it, they make their superiority sit more easy.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “Many persons, when exalted, assume an insolent humility, who behaved before with an insolent haughtiness.”

Many persons, when exalted, assume an insolent humility, who behaved before with an insolent haughtiness.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “Every single instance of a friend’s insincerity increases our dependence on the efficacy of money.”

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

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “There is a certain flimsiness of poetry which seems expedient in a song.”

There is a certain flimsiness of poetry which seems expedient in a song.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “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.”

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.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “A court of heraldry sprung up to supply the place of crusade exploits, to grant imaginary shields and trophies to families that never wore real armor, and it is but of late that it has been discovered to have no real jurisdiction.”

A court of heraldry sprung up to supply the place of crusade exploits, to grant imaginary shields and trophies to families that never wore real armor, and it is but of late that it has been discovered to have no real jurisdiction.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “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.”

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.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “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.”

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.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “Virtues, like essences, lose their fragrance when exposed.”

Virtues, like essences, lose their fragrance when exposed.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “Let the gulled fool the toil of war pursue, where bleed the many to enrich the few.”

Let the gulled fool the toil of war pursue, where bleed the many to enrich the few.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “Thanks, oftenest obtrusive.”

Thanks, oftenest obtrusive.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “A plain narrative of any remarkable fact, emphatically related, has a more striking effect without the author’s comment.”

A plain narrative of any remarkable fact, emphatically related, has a more striking effect without the author’s comment.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “Anger and the thirst of revenge are a kind of fever; fighting and lawsuits, bleeding, – at least, an evacuation. The latter occasions a dissipation of money; the former, of those fiery spirits which cause a preternatural fermentation.”

Anger and the thirst of revenge are a kind of fever; fighting and lawsuits, bleeding, – at least, an evacuation. The latter occasions a dissipation of money; the former, of those fiery spirits which cause a preternatural fermentation.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “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.”

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.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “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.”

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.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “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.”

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.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “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.”

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.

— William Shenstone


William Shenstone Quote: “The eye must be easy, before it can be pleased.”

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

— William Shenstone

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