"Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."William Shenstone on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."William Shenstone on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."William Shenstone on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."William Shenstone on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."William Shenstone on Robert Frost
"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."
"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."
"Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority: envy our uneasiness under it."
"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."