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WILLIAM SHENSTONE
English poet, gardener and collector
(1714 - 1763)
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A court of heraldry sprung up to supply the place of crusade exploits, to grant imaginary shields and trophies to families that never wore real armor, and it is but of late that it has been discovered to have no real jurisdiction.
      - [Heraldry]

A large retinue upon a small income, like a large cascade upon a small stream, tends to discover its tenuity.
      - [Extravagance]

A large, branching, aged oak is perhaps the most venerable of all inanimate objects.
      - [Trees]

A man has generally the good or ill qualities, which he attributes to mankind.
      - [Mankind]

A miser grows rich by seeming poor; an extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.
      - [Misers]

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

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.
      - [Dress]

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, suspicion, and rancor towards the latter part of life.
      - [Friendship]

Ah, how much less all living loves to me,
  Than that one rapture of remembering thee.
    [Lat., Heu quanto minus est cum reliquis versari quam tui meminisse.]
      - Latin epitaph to Mary Dolman, his cousin, on an ornamental urn
        [Memory]

Amid the most mercenary ages it is but a secondary sort of admiration that is bestowed upon magnificence.
      - [Admiration]

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.
      - [Anger]

Applause is of too coarse a nature to be swallowed in the gross, though the extract or tincture be ever so agreeable.
      - [Flattery]

As wither'd roses yield a late perfume.
      - [Proverbs]

Avarice is the most oppose of all characters to that of God Almighty, whose alone it is to give and not receive.
      - [Avarice]

Bashfulness is more frequently connected with good sense than we find assurance; and impudence, on the other hand, is often the mere effect of downright stupidity.
      - [Bashfulness]

Critics must excuse me if I compare them to certain animals called asses, who, by gnawing vines, originally taught the great advantage of pruning them.
      - [Critics]

Deference is the most complicate, the most indirect, and the most elegant of all compliments.
      - [Compliments : Deference]

Deference often shrinks and withers as much upon the approach of intimacy as the sensitive plant does upon the touch of one's finger.
      - [Deference]

Every good poet includes a critic, but the reverse is not true.
      - [Poets]

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.
      - [Fashion]

Flattery of the verbal kind is gross. In short, applause is of too coarse a nature to be swallowed in the gross, though the extract or tincture be ever so agreeable.
      - [Applause]

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

Glory relaxes often and debilitates the mind; censure stimulates and contracts,--both to an extreme. Simple fame is, perhaps, the proper medium.
      - [Glory]

Grandeur and beauty are so very opposite that you often diminish the one as you increase the other. Vanity is most akin to the latter, simplicity to the former.
      - [Grandeur]

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.
      - [Style]


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