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

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People commonly educate their children as they build their houses, according to some plan they think beautiful, without considering whether it is suited to the purposes for which they are designed.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Education]

 

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

 

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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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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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The pretty fellows you speak of, I own entertain me sometimes, but is it impossible to be diverted with what one despises? I can laugh at a puppet show, at the same time I know there is nothing in it worth my attention or regard.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Flirting]

 

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The ultimate end of your education was to make you a good wife.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Daughters]

 

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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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There is nothing can pay one for that invaluable ignorance which is the companion of youth, those sanguine groundless hopes, and that lively vanity which makes all the happiness of life.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Youth]

 

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

 

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We are educated in the grossest ignorance, and no art omitted to stifle our natural reason; if some few get above their nurses instructions, our knowledge must rest concealed and be as useless to the world as gold in the mine.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Women]

 

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We are no more free agents than the queen of clubs when she victoriously takes prisoner the knave of hearts.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Destiny]

 

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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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While conscience is our friend, all is at peace; however once it is offended, farewell to a tranquil mind.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - [Conscience]

 

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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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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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