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Mary Wortley

A face is too slight a foundation for happiness.

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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.

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A man that is ashamed of passions that are natural and reasonable is generally proud of those that are shameful and silly.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet.

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