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Elizabeth Montagu
(1720-1800) born on
Oct 02
English intellectual, conversationalist. She was one of the first "Bluestockings", English women who organized conversation evenings to find a more worthy pastime than card playing.
         
   
F
Will an intelligent spectator not admire the prodigeous structures of Stone-Henge because he does not know by what law of mechanics they were raised?

R
Minds ripen at very different ages.
A
. . . there is a much higher character from that of a wit or a poet or a savant, which is that of a rational sociable being, willing to carry on the commerce of life with all the sweetness and condescension, decency and virtue will permit.
N
To judge therefore of Shakespeare by Aristotle's rule is like trying a man by the Laws of one Country who acted under those of another.
K
I endeavor to be wise when I cannot be merry, easy when I cannot be glad, content when I cannot be mended and patient when there be no redress.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "An Essay on the Writing and Genius of Shakespeare Compared with Greek and French Dramatic Poets," (1769), 1785.
R: Letter to Mrs. William Robinson, her sister-in-law,"The Letters of Mrs. Elizabeth Montagu," 1810-1813 .
A: Letter to Mrs. William Robinson, her sister-in-law,"The Letters of Mrs. Elizabeth Montagu," 1810-1813 .
N: "An Essay on the Writing and Genius of Shakespeare Compared with Greek and French Dramatic Poets," (1769), 1785.
K: Letter (c. 1739), "The Letters of Mrs. Elizabeth Montagu," 1810-1813 .
   


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