Quotes by William Shenstone
- A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.
- Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world.
- 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.
- His knowledge of books had in some degree diminished his knowledge of the world.
- 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.
- Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority: envy our uneasiness under it.
- 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.
- Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases.
- 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 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.
- The proper means of increasing the love we bear our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one.
- Zealous men are ever displaying to you the strength of their belief, while judicious men are showing you the grounds of it.