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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

People are never so near playing the fool as when they think themselves wise.

People are never so near playing the fool as when they think themselves wise.

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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Let this great maxim be my virtue’s guide,–

Let this great maxim be my virtue’s guide,–
In part she is to blame that has been tried:
He comes too near that comes to be denied.

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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

And we meet, with champagne and a chicken, at last.

And we meet, with champagne and a chicken, at last.

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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet;

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

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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Satire should, like a polished razor keen,

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

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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

But the fruit that can fall without shaking

But the fruit that can fall without shaking
Indeed is too mellow for me.

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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Let me assure you, dear, the Viennese let neither grey hair nor stooped shoulders get in the way of making new conquests. Every day I see handsome young men helping their much older lovers into their coaches. In this worldly capital, women under thirty-five are regarded as immature. A woman can’t even hope to make a lasting impression on people until she’s over forty.

Let me assure you, dear, the Viennese let neither grey hair nor stooped shoulders get in the way of making new conquests. Every day I see handsome young men helping their much older lovers into their coaches. In this worldly capital, women under thirty-five are regarded as immature. A woman can’t even hope to make a lasting impression on people until she’s over forty.