Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) English writer

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In short I will part with anything for you but you. - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu


It was formerly a terrifying view to me that I should one day be an old woman. I now find that Nature has provided pleasure for every state. - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu


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


Satire should, like a polished razor keen, Wound with a touch that's scarcely felt or seen. Thine is an oyster knife, that hacks and hews; The rage but not the talent to abuse. - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu


It is a sort of duty to be rich, that it may be in one's power to do good, riches being another word for power. - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu


Prudent people are very happy; it is an exceeding fine thing, that's certain, but I was born without it, and shall retain to my day of Death the Humor of saying what I think. - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu


You can be pleased with nothing when you are not pleased with yourself. - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu


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; it is all I have to recommend me to the esteem either of others or myself. - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu


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. - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu