Mary Wortley Montagu


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  • ''No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet.''
    Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689-1762), British society figure, letter writer. Letter, June 22, 1752, to her daughter Lady Bute. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970). Advising her on bringing up Lady Bute's own daughter.
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  • ''A face is too slight a foundation for happiness.''
    Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689-1762), British society figure, letter writer. Letter, April 25, 1710, to her future husband. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970).
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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.''
    Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689-1762), British society figure, letter writer. Letter, February 19, 1750, to her daughter Lady Bute. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970).
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  • ''Time has the same effect on the mind as on the face; the predominant passion and the strongest feature become more conspicuous from the others' retiring.''
    Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689-1762), British society figure, letter writer. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970). letter, Sept. 5, 1758, to her daughter, Lady Bute.
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  • ''The ultimate end of your education was to make you a good wife.''
    Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689-1762), British society figure, letter writer. letter, Jan. 28, 1753, to her daughter Lady Bute. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970). Lady Montagu advised Lady Bute on bringing up her own daughter "to make her happy in a virgin state."
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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.''
    Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689-1762), British society figure, letter writer. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970). Letter, April 25, 1710, to her future husband.
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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.''
    Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689-1762), British society figure, letter writer. letter, c. Nov. 24, 1714, to her husband. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970).
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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.''
    Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689-1762), British society figure, letter writer. letter, Jan. 28, 1753, to her daughter Lady Bute. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970).
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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.''
    Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689-1762), British society figure, letter writer. letter, c. Sept. 24, 1714, to her husband. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970).
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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.''
    Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689-1762), British society figure, letter writer. Letter, June 22, 1752, to her daughter, Lady Bute. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970).
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