37 Total Quotes

Mary Montagu Quotes

Tis a sort of duty to be rich, that it may be in one's power to do good, riches being another word for power.
Mary Montagu
#Duty

We are no more free agents than the queen of clubs when she victoriously takes prisoner the knave of hearts.
Mary Montagu
#Destiny #Agents

There can be no situation in life in which the conversation of my dear sister will not administer some comfort to me.
Mary Montagu
#Comfort

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.
Mary Montagu
#Youth

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.
Mary Montagu
#Circumstances

While conscience is our friend, all is at peace; however once it is offended, farewell to a tranquil mind.
Mary Montagu
#Conscience

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.
Mary Montagu
#Beauty #Mediocrity

General notions are generally wrong
Mary Montagu
#General

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 att
Mary Montagu
#Attachment

Remember my unalterable maxim, "When we love, we always have something to say
Mary Montagu
#Love

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
Mary Montagu
#Books And Reading #English Royalty

People wish their enemies dead, but I do not; I say give them the gout, give them the stone!
Mary Montagu
#Enemies

Only a mother knows a mother's fondness
Mary Montagu
#Mother

I know a love may be revived which absence, inconstancy, or even infidelity has extinguished, but there is no returning from a dégout given by satiety.
Mary Montagu
#Absence

The pretty fellows you speak of, I own entertain me sometimes, but is it impossible to be diverted with what one despises? I can laugh at a puppet show, at the same time I know there is nothing in it worth my attention or regard.
Mary Montagu
#Flirting

A man that is ashamed of passions that are natural and reasonable is generally proud of those that are shameful and silly.
Mary Montagu
#Men #Man

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.
Mary Montagu
#Women #Art

No modest man ever did or ever will make a fortune
Mary Montagu
#Fortune

It goes far toward reconciling me to being a woman when I reflect that I am thus in no danger of marrying one
Mary Montagu
#Danger

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
Mary Montagu
#Blessings

True knowledge consists in knowing things, not words
Mary Montagu
#Knowledge

Nobody can deny but religion is a comfort to the distressed, a cordial to the sick, and sometimes a restraint on the wicked; therefore whoever would argue or laugh it out of the world without giving some equivalent for it ought to be treated as a common enemy.
Mary Montagu
#Religious #Comfort

The manners of mankind do not differ so widely as our voyage writers would make us believe. Perhaps it would be more entertaining to add a few surprising customs of my own invention, but nothing seems to me so agreeable as truth.
Mary Montagu
#Manners

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.
Mary Montagu
#English Royalty