Quotes by Mary Wortley Montagu

Mary Wortley Montagu

Mary Wortley Montagu

English aristocrat, letter writer and poet

Alive from: 1689-1762

Category: Poets (Contemporary) | Writers (Contemporary)

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    'Tis a sort of duty to be rich, that it may be in one's power to do good, riches being another word for power.
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    A face is too slight a foundation for happiness.
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    A man that is ashamed of passions that are natural and reasonable is generally proud of those that are shameful and silly.
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    Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet; In short, my dear, kiss me and be quiet.
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    General notions are generally wrong.
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    I don't say 'Tis impossible for an impudent man not to rise in the world, but a moderate merit with a large share of impudence is more probable to be advanced than the greatest qualifications without it.
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    I hate the noise and hurry inseparable from great Estates and Titles, and look upon both as blessings that ought only to be given to fools, for 'Tis only to them that they are blessings.
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    I have never, in all my various travels, seen but two sorts of people I mean men and women, who always have been, and ever will be, the same. The same vices and the same follies have been the fruit of all ages, though sometimes under different names.
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    I know a love may be revived which absence, inconstancy, or even infidelity has extinguished, but there is no returning from a dégoût given by satiety.
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    I sometimes give myself admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it.
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    I wish you would moderate that fondness you have for your children. I do not mean you should abate any part of your care, or not do your duty to them in its utmost extent, but I would have you early prepare yourself for disappointments, which are heavy in proportion to their being surprising.
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    It is the common error of builders and parents to follow some plan they think beautiful (and perhaps is so) without considering that nothing is beautiful that is misplaced.
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    Life is too short for a long story.
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    Nature has not placed us in an inferior rank to men, no more than the females of other animals, where we see no distinction of capacity, though I am persuaded if there was a commonwealth of rational horses... it would be an established maxim amongst them that a mare could not be taught to pace.
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    Nature is seldom in the wrong, custom always.
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