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.

-William Shenstone
William Shenstone

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?

William Shenstone
Taste is pursued at a less expense than fashion.
William Shenstone

Nothing is certain in London but expense.

William Shenstone
A person that would secure to himself great deference will, perhaps, gain his point by silence as effectually as by anything he can say.
William Shenstone

Virtues, like essences, lose their fragrance when exposed. They are sensitive plants, which will not bear too familiar approaches.

William Shenstone
Persons who discover a flatterer, do not always disapprove him, because he imagines them considerable enough to deserve his applications.
William Shenstone

Fools are very often united in the strictest intimacies, as the lighter kinds of woods are the most closely glued together.

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

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

William Shenstone
Amid the most mercenary ages it is but a secondary sort of admiration that is bestowed upon magnificence.