Lady Blessington Quotes

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Wit is the lightning of the mind.

wit

There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.
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happiness

How soothing is affection ... this sweetener of life.

affection

The future: A consolation for those who have no other.

future

Wit lives in the present, but genius survives the future.
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humor

Praise is the only gift for which people are really grateful.
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praise

Despotism subjects a nation to one tyrant; democracy, to many.

despotism democracy

Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart.
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prejudice

Virtue, like a dowerless beauty, has more admirers than followers.
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virtue

Happiness consists not in having much, but in being content with little.
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happiness

Talent, like beauty, to be pardoned, must be obscure and unostentatious.

talent

Happiness, like youth and health, is rarely appreciated until it is past.
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Bores. People who talk of themselves, when you are thinking only of yourself.

boring people

Borrowed thoughts, like borrowed money, only show the poverty of the borrower.

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Genius is the gold in the mine; talent is the miner who works and brings it out.

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People are always willing to follow advice when it accords with their own wishes.

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Friends are the thermometer by which we may judge the temperature of our fortunes.
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friendship

Pleasure is like a cordial—a little of it is not injurious, but too much destroys.

pleasure

Pleasure is like a cordial; a little of it is not injurious, but too much destroys.
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pleasure

Friends are the thermometers by which one may judge the temperature of our fortunes.

friendship

Wit is the lightning of the mind, reason the sunshine, and reflection the moonlight.

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Reason dissipates the illusions of life, but does not console us for their departure.

illusion

It is an indisputable fact that only vain people wage war against the vanity of others.

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Conversation is the legs on which thought walks; and writing, the wings by which it flies.

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The vices of the rich and great are mistaken for errors, and those of the poor and lowly for crimes.

vice

The vices of the rich and great are mistaken for error; and those of the poor and lowly, for crimes.
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A woman's head is always influenced by her heart, but a man's heart is always influenced by his head.

men and women head and heart

Flattery, if judiciously administered, is always acceptable, however much we may despise the flatterer.

flattery

Love-matches are made by people who are content for a month of honey, to condemn themselves to a life of vinegar.

love

Love-matches are made by people who are content, for a month of honey, to condemn themselves to a life of vinegar.

marriage

Grief is, of all the passions, the one that is the most ingenious and indefatigable in finding food for its own subsistence.

sorrow

Mountains appear more lofty the nearer they are approached; but great men, to retain their altitude, must only be viewed from a distance.

greatness

A poor man defended himself when charged with stealing food to appease the cravings of hunger, saying, the cries of the stomach silenced those of the conscience.

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