Minds ripen at very different ages.— Elizabeth Montagu
The most sensitive Elizabeth Montagu quotes to discover and learn by heart
it is more to my personal happiness and advantage to indulge the love and admiration of excellence, than to cherish a secret envy of it.
I often think that those people are the happiest who know nothing at all of the world, and sitting in the little empire of the fireside, where there is no contention or cabal, think we are in a golden age of existance.
The muses crown virtue when fortune refuses to do it.
Among many reasons for being stupid it may be urged, it is being like other people, and living like one's neighbours, and indeed without it, it may be difficult to love some neighbours as oneself: now seeing the necessity of being dull, you won't, I hope, take it amiss that you find me so.
The outrages of the powerful, the insolence of the rich, scorn of the proud, and malice of the uncharitable, all beating against the broken spirit of the unfortunate.
She kindly laments that I am not of the party, and to be sure I honour great ladies, and I admire great wits, but I am of the same opinion in regard to assemblies that is held concerning oysters, that they are never good in a month that has not the letter R in it.
Any wife will save you from purgatory, and a diligent one will secure heaven to you.
I always wish to find great virtues where there are great talents, and to love what I admire.
It is very unreasonable of people to expect one should be at home, because one is in the house. Of all privileges, that of invisibility is the most valuable.
Wit in women is apt to have bad consequences;
like a sword without a scabbard, it wounds the wearer and provokes assailants.
To judge therefore of Shakespeare by Aristotle's rule is like trying a man by the Laws of one Country who acted under those of another.
The only thing one can do one day one did not do the day before is to die.
Will an intelligent spectator not admire the prodigeous structures of Stone-Henge because he does not know by what law of mechanics they were raised?
You will find many a creature by earth, air, and water, that is more beautiful than a woman.
I endeavor to be wise when I cannot be merry, easy when I cannot be glad, content with what cannot be mended and patient when there be no redress.
Few people know anything of the English history but what they learn from Shakespear; for our story is rather a tissue of personal adventures and catastrophes than a series of political events.