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William Shenstone Quotes

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.
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A miser grows rich by seeming poor; an extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.

— William Shenstone

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

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

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What leads to unhappiness, is making pleasure the chief aim.

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The weak and insipid white wine makes at length excellent vinegar.

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Love can be founded upon Nature only.

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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.

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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.

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Trifles discover a character, more than actions of importance.

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A large, branching, aged oak is perhaps the most venerable of all inanimate objects.

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The works of a person that begin immediately to decay, while those of him who plants begin directly to improve. In this, planting promises a more lasting pleasure than building; which, were it to remain in equal perfection, would at best begin to moulder and want repairs in imagination. Now trees have a circumstance that suits our taste, and that is annual variety.

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My banks they are furnish'd with bees, Whose murmur invites one to sleep.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

— William Shenstone

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