Mary Wortley Montagu

(Lady Mary Wortley Montagu)

Mary Wortley Montagu
Mary Wortley Montagu
  • Born: May 26, 1689
  • Died: August 21, 1762
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Writer









Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (née Pierrepont) was an English aristocrat, letter writer and poet. Lady Mary is today chiefly remembered for her letters, particularly her letters from travels to the Ottoman Empire, as wife to the British ambassador to Turkey, which have been described by Billie Melman as "the very first example of a secular work by a woman about the Muslim Orient". Aside from her writing, Lady Mary is also known for introducing and advocating for smallpox inoculation to Britain after her return from Turkey. Her writings address and challenge the hindering contemporary social attitudes towards women and their intellectual and social growth.

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Civility costs nothing and buys everything. Miscellaneous
People commonly educate their children as they build their houses, according to some plan they think beautiful, without considering whether it is suited to the purposes for which they are designed. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
This sect of men [the Turkish Ulema] are equally capable of preferments in the Law or the Church, these two sciences being cast into one, a Lawyer and a Priest being the same word …. ‘Tis they that are the real Authors Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
A face is too slight a foundation for happiness. Happiness & Unhappiness
A man that is ashamed of passions that are natural and reasonable is generally proud of those that are shameful and silly.
Civility costs nothing, and buys everything.
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.
I hate the noise and hurry inseparable from great Estates and Titles, and look upon both as blessings that ought only to be given to fools, for 'Tis only to them that they are blessings.
I prefer liberty to chains of diamonds.
In short I will part with anything for you but you. Romantic
Life is too short for a long story. Life
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
No modest man ever did or ever will make a fortune.
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. Religion & God
Nobody should trust their virtue with necessity, the force of which is never known till it is felt, and it is therefore one of the first duties to avoid the temptation of it. Trust
Prudent people are very happy; 'tis an exceeding fine thing, that's certain, but I was born without it, and shall retain to my day of Death the Humour of saying what I think. Death
Solitude begets whimsies.
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. Time
The ultimate end of your education was to make you a good wife. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
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. Life ;Happiness & Unhappiness
Time has the same effect on the mind as on the face; the predominant passion and the strongest feature become more conspicuous from the others' retiring. Time
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. Power
We are no more free agents than the queen of clubs when she victoriously takes prisoner the knave of hearts.
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. Romantic
While conscience is our friend, all is at peace; however once it is offended, farewell to a tranquil mind. War & Peace
Writers of novels and romance in general bring a double loss to their readers; robbing them of their time and money; representing men, manners, and things, that never have been, or are likely to be. Time ;Money, Coins & Minting