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Mary Wortley Montagu
(1689-1762) born on
May 26
English author. She wrote witty, descriptive letters of Middle Eastern life.
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.

I don't say 'tis impossible for an impudent man not to rise in the world, but a moderate merit with a large share of impudence is more probable to be advanced than the greatest qualifications without it.
Let this great maxim be my virtue's guide --
In part she is to blame that has been tried:
He comes too near that comes to be denied.
It is eleven years since I have seen my figure in a glass. The last reflection I saw there was so disagreeable, I resolved to spare myself such mortification in the future.
I despise the pleasure of pleasing people that I despise.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Letter, 19 Feb. 1750, to her daughter Lady Bute; published in Selected Letters, ed. by Robert Halsband, 1970.
R: Letter, c. 24 Sept. 1714, to her husband (published in Selected Letters, ed. by Robert Halsband, 1970).
A: The Lady's Resolve.
N: In "An Uncommon Scold," by Abby Adams, 1989.

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