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Mary Wortley Montagu
(1689-1762) born on
May 26
English author. She wrote witty, descriptive letters of Middle Eastern life.
         
   
F
We travellers are in very hard circumstances. If we say nothing but what has been said before us, we are dull and have observed nothing. If we tell anything new, we are laughed at as fabulous and romantic.

R
Whoever will cultivate their own mind will find full employment. Every virtue does not only require great care in the planting, but as much daily solicitude in cherishing as exotic fruits and flowers.
A
It is the common error of builders and parents to follow some plan they think beautiful (and perhaps is so) without considering that nothing is beautiful that is misplaced.
N
Satire should, like a polished razor keen,
Wound with a touch that's scarcely felt or seen.
K
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.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Letter, 10 March 1718 (published in Selected Letters, ed. by Robert Halsband 1970).
R: Letter, 6 March 1753, to her daughter Lady Bute (published in Selected Letters, ed. by Robert Halsband, 1970).
A: Letter, 28 Jan. 1753, to her daughter Lady Bute (published in Selected Letters, ed. by Robert Halsband, 1970).
N: To the Imitator of the First Satire of Horace," Bk. II
K: Letter, 21 Aug. 1709 (published in Selected Letters, ed. by Robert Halsband, 1970).
   


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