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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

(1689-1762) English Writer

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I sometimes give myself admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it.

A man that is ashamed of passions that are natural and reasonable is generally proud of those that are shameful and silly.

Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet; In short, my dear, kiss me and be quiet.

I prefer liberty to chains of diamonds.

Life is too short for a long story.

Nature is seldom in the wrong, custom always.

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor is any pleasure so lasting.

No modest man ever did or ever will make a fortune.

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.

The ultimate end of your education was to make you a good wife.

'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.

To always be loved one must ever be agreeable.

While conscience is our friend, all is at peace; however once it is offended, farewell to a tranquil mind.