Top 10 Quotes by William Shenstone

William Shenstone

I trimmed my lamp, consumed the midnight oil.

William Shenstone
Whoe'er excels in what we prize, appears a hero in our eyes.
William Shenstone

What leads to unhappiness is making pleasure the chief aim.

William Shenstone
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.
William Shenstone

Second thoughts oftentimes are the very worst of all thoughts.

William Shenstone
Harmony of period and melody of style have greater weight than is generally imagined in the judgment we pass upon writing and writers. As a proof of this, let us reflect what texts of scripture, what lines in poetry, or what periods we most remember and quote, either in verse or prose, and we shall find them to be only musical ones.
William Shenstone

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.

William Shenstone
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.
William Shenstone

Men are sometimes accused of pride, merely because their accusers would be proud themselves were they in their places.

William Shenstone
Every good poet includes a critic, but the reverse is not true. William Shens