Mary Wortley Montagu


Mary Wortley Montagu Quotes

  • ''Nature is seldom in the wrong, custom always.''
    Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689-1762), British society figure, letter writer. letter, Aug. 8, 1709. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970).
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  • ''We are no more free agents than the queen of clubs when she victoriously takes prisoner the knave of hearts.''
    Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689-1762), British society figure, letter writer. letter, Jan. 13, 1759. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970).
  • ''We travellers 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.''
    Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689-1762), British society figure, letter writer. letter, Mar. 10, 1718. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970).
  • ''Solitude begets whimsies.''
    Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689-1762), British society figure, letter writer. Letter, July 19, 1759. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970).
  • ''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.''
    Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689-1762), British society figure, letter writer. Letter, c. September 24, 1714, to her husband. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970).
  • ''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.''
    Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689-1762), British society figure, letter writer. Letter, March 28, 1710, to her future husband. The Complete Letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1967).
  • ''Let this great maxim be my virtue's guide—In part she is to blame that has been tried: He comes too near that comes to be denied.''
    Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689-1762), British society figure, letter writer. repr. In Letters and Works of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, ed. Lord Wharncliffe (1837, rev. 1893). "The Lady's Resolve," The Plain Dealer (London, April 27, 1724).

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