Learning, like money, may be of so base a coin as to be utterly void of use.
When self-interest inclines a man to print, he should consider that the purchaser expects a pennyworth for his penny, and has reason to asperse his honesty if he finds himself deceived.
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 eye must be easy, before it can be pleased.
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
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.
Deference often shrinks and withers as much upon the approach of intimacy as the sensitive plant does upon the touch of one's finger.
Nothing is certain in London but expense.
There is a certain flimsiness of poetry which seems expedient in a song.
When misfortunes happen to such as dissent from us in matters of religion, we call them judgments; when to those of our own sect, we call them trials; when to persons neither way distinguished, we are content to attribute them to the settled course of things.
Fools are very often united in the strictest intimacies, as the lighter kinds of woods are the most closely glued together.
A miser grows rich by seeming poor. An extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.
A fool and his words are soon parted.
Persons who discover a flatterer, do not always disapprove him, because he imagines them considerable enough to deserve his applications.
What some people term Freedom is nothing else than a liberty of saying and doing disagreeable things. It is but carrying the notion a little higher, and it would require us to break and have a head broken reciprocally without offense.
The love of popularity seems little else than the love of being beloved; and is only blamable when a person aims at the affections of a people by means in appearance honest, but in their end pernicious and destructive.
Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases. William Shenston
In a heavy oppressive atmosphere, when the spirits sink too low, the best cordial is to read over all the letters of one's friends.
Love is a pleasing but a various clime.
My banks they are furnish'd with bees, Whose murmur invites one to sleep.
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
The weak and insipid white wine makes at length excellent vinegar.
Learning, like money, may be of so base a coin as to be utterly void of use; or, if sterling, may require good management to make it serve the purposes of sense or happiness.
Second thoughts oftentimes are the very worst of all thoughts. William Shens
Reserve is no more essentially connected with understanding than a church organ with devotion, or wine with good-nature.
Taste is pursued at a less expense than fashion.
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.
What leads to unhappiness, is making pleasure the chief aim. William Shens
Prudent men lock up their motives, letting familiars have a key to their hearts, as to their garden.
Wit is the refractory pupil of judgment.