The eye must be easy, before it can be pleased.
Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases. William Shenston
Trifles discover a character, more than actions of importance.
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.
It happens a little unluckily that the persons who have the most infinite contempt of money are the same that have the strongest appetite for the pleasures it procures.
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.
A wound in the friendship of young persons, as in the bark of young trees, may be so grown over as to leave no scar. The case is very different in regard to old persons and old timber. The reason of this may be accountable from the decline of the social passions, and the prevalence of spleen, suspic
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.
Taste is pursued at a less expense than fashion.
It seems idle to rail at ambition merely because it is a boundless passion; or rather is not this circumstance an argument in its favor? If one would be employed or amused through life, should we not make choice of a passion that will keep one long in play?
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.
Patience is the panacea; but where does it grow, or who can swallow it?
A plain narrative of any remarkable fact, emphatically related, has a more striking effect without the author's comment.
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.
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.
The weak and insipid white wine makes at length excellent vinegar.
Of all that gives politeness birth,Of all that claims to please,In motion, manners, or in mirth,The surest source is ease.
Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world.
A statue in a garden is to be considered as one part of a scene or landscape.
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.
Reserve is no more essentially connected with understanding than a church organ with devotion, or wine with good-nature.
Health is beauty, and the most perfect health is the most perfect beauty.
Let the gulled fool the toil of war pursue, where bleed the many to enrich the few.
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.
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 ha
His knowledge of books had in some degree diminished his knowledge of the world.
A person that would secure to himself great deference will, perhaps, gain his point by silence as effectually as by anything he can say.
I have been formerly so silly as to hope that every servant I had might be made a friend; I am now convinced that the nature of servitude generally bears a contrary tendency. People's characters are to be chiefly collected from their education and place in life; birth itself does but little.
Offensive objects, at a proper distance, acquire even a degree of beauty.
Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority: envy our uneasiness under it. William Shenston