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 should seem that indolence itself would incline a person to be honest, as it requires infinitely greater pains and contrivance to be a knave.

William Shenstone
In designing a house and gardens, it is happy when there is an opportunity of maintaining a subordination of parts; the house so luckily place as to exhibit a view of the whole design. I have sometimes thought that there was room for it to resemble a epic or dramatic poem.
William Shenstone

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.

William Shenstone
So sweetly she bade me adieu, I thought that she bade me return.
William Shenstone

Deference is the most complicate, the most indirect, and the most elegant of all compliments.

William Shenstone
I trimmed my lamp, consumed the midnight oil.
William Shenstone

Her cap, far whiter than the driven snow,Emblems right meet of decency does yield.

William Shenstone
There is nothing more universally commended than a fine day; the reason is that people can commend it without envy.
William Shenstone

Health is beauty, and the most perfect health is the most perfect beauty.

William Shenstone
A fool and his words are soon parted. William Shens