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William Shenstone quotes (24)

A fool and his words are soon parted.
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A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.
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A man has generally the good or ill qualities, which he attributes to mankind.
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A miser grows rich by seeming poor; an extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.
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Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world.
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Every good poet includes a critic, but the reverse is not true.
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Every single instance of a friend's insincerity increases our dependence on the efficacy of money.
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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.
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His knowledge of books had in some degree diminished his knowledge of the world.
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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.
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Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority: envy our uneasiness under it.
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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.
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Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases.
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Second thoughts oftentimes are the very worst of all thoughts.
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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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The eye must be easy, before it can be pleased.
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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.
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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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The regard one shows economy, is like that we show an old aunt who is to leave us something at last.
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The world may be divided into people that read, people that write, people that think, and fox-hunters.
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There is nothing more universally commended than a fine day; the reason is that people can commend it without envy.
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Virtues, like essences, lose their fragrance when exposed.
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What leads to unhappiness, is making pleasure the chief aim.
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Zealous men are ever displaying to you the strength of their belief, while judicious men are showing you the grounds of it.
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