Lady Mary Montagu Quotes

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Civility costs nothing and buys everything.
Politeness costs nothing, and gains everything.
— Lady Mary Montagu
A face is too slight a foundation for happiness.

face happiness

To my extreme mortification I grow wiser every day.
— Lady Mary Montagu

wisdom

I despise the pleasure of pleasing people whom I despise.
— Lady Mary Montagu

socialism

If twas the fashion to go naked, the face would be hardly observ'd.

face

The fruit that can fall without shaking,
Indeed is too mellow for me.

challenges

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
— Lady Mary Montagu

reading

You can be pleased with nothing when you are not pleased with yourself.

self-esteem

I sometimes give myself admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it.
— Lady Mary Montagu

advice

People are never so near playing the fool as when they think themselves wise.
— Lady Mary Montagu

wisdom

People wish their enemies dead—but I do not; I say give them the gout, give them the stone!
— Lady Mary Montagu

enemies

Satire should, like a polish'd razor keen,
Wound with a touch, that's scarcely felt or seen.

satire

I enjoy vast delight in the folly of mankind; and, God be praised, that is an inexhaustible source of entertainment.
— Lady Mary Montagu

folly

There can be no situation in life in which the conversation of my dear sister will not administer some comfort to me.

sisters

People are never so near playing the fool as when they think themselves wise: they lay aside that distrust which is the surest guard against indiscretion.
— Lady Mary Montagu

foolishness

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.

parenting education