William Shenstone Quote
The Poetical Works of William Shenstone: With Life, Critical Dissertation, and Explanatory Notes (1863 edition)
“They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor.”
Between the Devil and the Dragon: The Best Essays and Aphorisms of Eric Hoffer (Harper & Row, 1982), p. 67
Born: November 13, 1714
Died: February 11, 1763 (aged 48)
Bio: William Shenstone was an English poet and one of the earliest practitioners of landscape gardening through the development of his estate, The Leasowes.