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 :: 1689-1762, British Society Figure, Letter Writer

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Whoever will cultivate their own mind will find full employment. Every virtue does not only require great care in the planting, but as much daily solicitude in cherishing as exotic fruits and flowers; the vices and passions (which I am afraid are the natural product of the soil) demand perpetual weeding. Add to this the search after knowledge... and the longest life is too short.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Self-improvement]

 

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Solitude begets whimsies.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Solitude]

 

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We travelers are in very hard circumstances. If we say nothing but what has been said before us, we are dull and have observed nothing. If we tell anything new, we are laughed at as fabulous and romantic.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Travel and Tourism]

 

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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.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Upbringing]

 

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I regard almost all quarrels of princes on the same footing, and I see nothing that marks man's unreason so positively as war. Indeed, what folly to kill one another for interests often imaginary, and always for the pleasure of persons who do not think themselves even obliged to those who sacrifice themselves for them!
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [War]

 

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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.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Promotion]

 

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Nobody can deny but religion is a comfort to the distressed, a cordial to the sick, and sometimes a restraint on the wicked; therefore whoever would argue or laugh it out of the world without giving some equivalent for it ought to be treated as a common enemy.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Religion]

 

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Writers of novels and romance in general bring a double loss to their readers; robbing them of their time and money; representing men, manners, and things, that never have been, or are likely to be.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Romance and Romanticism]

 

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The use of knowledge in our sex (beside the amusement of solitude) is to moderate the passions and learn to be contented with a small expense, which are the certain effects of a studious life and, it may be, preferable even to that fame which men have engrossed to themselves and will not suffer us to share.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Knowledge]

 

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To always be loved one must ever be agreeable.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Love]

 

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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 dTgovt given by satiety.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Love Ended]

 

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Take back the beauty and wit you bestow upon me; leave me my own mediocrity of agreeableness and genius, but leave me also my sincerity, my constancy, and my plain dealing; 'Tis all I have to recommend me to the esteem either of others or myself.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Mediocrity]

 

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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.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Men]

 

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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.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Men and Women]

 

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Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet; In short, my dear, kiss me and be quiet.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Modesty]

 

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No modest man ever did or ever will make a fortune.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Modesty]

 

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Nobody should trust their virtue with necessity, the force of which is never known till it is felt, and it is therefore one of the first duties to avoid the temptation of it.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Necessity]

 

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Strictly speaking, there is but one real evil: I mean acute pain. All other complaints are so considerably diminished by time that it is plain the grief is owing to our passion, since the sensation of it vanishes when that is over.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Pain]

 

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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.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Parents and Parenting]

 

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A face is too slight a foundation for happiness.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Faces]

 

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