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WILLIAM SHENSTONE
English poet, gardener and collector
(1714 - 1763)
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Patience is the panacea; but where does it grow, or who can swallow it?
      - [Patience]

People say, "Do not regard what he says now is in liquor." Perhaps it is the only time he ought to be regarded: Aperit prae cordia liber.
      - [Drunkenness]

Persons are oftentimes misled in regard to their choice of dress by attending to the beauty of colors, rather than selecting such colors as may increase their own beauty.
      - [Style]

Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases.
      - [Poetry]

Prudent men lock up their motives, letting familiars have a key to their hearts, as to their garden.
      - [Motive]

Reserve is no more essentially connected with understanding than a church organ with devotion, or wine with good-nature.
      - [Reserve]

She pleased while distant, but when near she charm'd.
      - [Distance]

So sweetly she bade me adieu,
  I thought that she bade me return.
      - [Farewell : Proverbs]

Some men are called sagacious, merely on account of their avarice; whereas a child can clench its fist the moment it is born.
      - [Avarice]

Some men use no other means to acquire respect than by insisting on it; and it sometimes answers their purpose, as it does a highwayman's in regard to money.
      - [Respect]

Superiority in wit is more frequently the cause of vanity than superiority of judgment; as the person that wears an ornamental sword is even more vain than he that wears a useful one.
      - [Wit]

Taste and good-nature are universally connected.
      - [Taste]

Taste is pursued at a less expense than fashion.
      - [Taste]

Thanks, oftenest obtrusive.
      - [Thankfulness]

The amiable and the severe, Mr. Burke's sublime and beautiful, by different proportions, are mixed in every character. Accordingly, as either is predominant, men imprint the passions of love or fear. The best punch depends on a proper mixture of sugar and lemons.
      - [Character]

The best time to frame an answer to the letters of a friend is the moment you receive them. Then the warmth of friendship, and the intelligence received most forcibly co-operate.
      - [Letters]

The difference there is betwixt honor and honesty seems to be chiefly the motive; the mere honest man does that from duty which the man of honor does for the sake of character.
      - [Motive]

The fund of sensible discourse is limited; that of jest and badinerie is infinite.
      - [Jesting]

The lines of poetry, the periods of prose, and even the texts of Scripture most frequently recollected and quoted, are those which are felt to be pre-eminently, musical.
      - [Music]

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.
      - [Popularity]

The lowest people are generally the first to find fault with show or equipage; especially that of a person lately emerged from his obscurity. They never once consider that he is breaking the ice for themselves.
      - [Display]

The making presents to a lady one addresses is like throwing armor into an enemy's camp, with a resolution to recover it.
      - [Gifts]

The most reserved of men, that will not exchange two syllables together in an English coffee-house, should they meet at Ispahan, would drink sherbet and eat a mess of rice together.
      - [Sympathy]

The persons who have the most sublime contempt for money are the same that have the strongest appetite for the pleasures it enables them to procure.
      - [Money]

The proper means of increasing the love we bear our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one.
      - [Patriotism]


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