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Mary Wortley Montagu
(1689-1762) born on
May 26
English author. She wrote witty, descriptive letters of Middle Eastern life.
We are educated in the grossest ignorance, and no art omitted to stifle our natural reason; if some few get above their nurses' instructions, our knowledge must rest concealed and be as useless to the world as gold in the mine.

There is nothing can pay one for that invaluable ignorance which is the companion of youth, those sanguine groundless hopes, and that lively vanity which makes all the happiness of life.
Whatever is clearly expressed is well wrote.
It was formerly a terrifying view to me that I should one day be an old woman. I now find that Nature has provided pleasure for every state.
No modest man ever did or ever will make a fortune.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Letter, 10 Oct. 1753, to her daughter Lady Bute (published in Selected Letters, ed. by Robert Halsband, 1970).
R: Letter, c. 6 Dec. 1712, to her husband (published in Selected Letters, ed. by Robert Halsband, 1970).
A: letter to James Steuart, July 19, 1759
K: In <a href="http://www.cyber-nation.com/cgi-bin/victory/quotations/qlreferral/quotelib.pl?id=10115">The Ultimate Success Quotations Library</a>, 1997.

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