Mary Wortley Montagu Quotes

A man that is ashamed of passions that are natural and reasonable, is generally proud of those that are shameful and silly.

People earnestly seeking what they do not want, while they neglect the real blessings in their possession, I mean the innocent gratification of their senses, which is all we can properly call our own.

Intelligence has no attachment to the opinion it has formed, but only to the truth it may contain; and, knowing that error insinuates itself under the guise of truth, through the same inlets by which truth is admitted, it is ever diffident of its attainments, and blesses the detector of errors as a benefactor and […]

General notions are generally wrong.

Satire should, like a polished razor keen, Wound with a touch that’s scarcely felt or seen.

I despise the pleasure of pleasing people that I despise.

Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet; In short, my deary, kiss me, and be quiet.

Civility costs nothing and buys everything.

I give myself sometimes admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it.