My roses are my jewels; the sun, moon, and stars my clocks; fruit and water my fare.

— Lady Hester Stanhope

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It is only the vulgar who are always fancying themselves insulted.

If a man treads on another's toe in good society, do you think it is taken as an insult?

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nobody is such a fool as to moider away his time in the slip-slop conversation of a pack of women.

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... I shall go on making sublime and philosophical discoveries, and employing myself in deep, abstract studies.

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Nature forms us in a certain manner, both inwardly and outwardly, and it is in vain to attempt to alter it.

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Education is all paint - it does not alter the nature of the wood that lies under it, it only improves its appearance a little. Why I dislike education so much is, that it makes all people alike, until you have examined into them; and it sometimes is so long before you get to see under the varnish!

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