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Maria Edgeworth Quotes

In marrying, a man does not, to be sure, marry his wifes mother; and yet a prudent man, when he begins to think of the daughter, would look sharp at the mother; ay, and back to the grandmother too, and along the whole female line of ancestry.
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When people are warm, they cannot stand picking terms.

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Belinda is not quite so great a philosopher as I imagined.

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Out of forty-nine suits which he had, he never lost one but seventeen; the rest he gained with costs, double costs, treble costs sometimes; but even that did not pay.

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An orator is the worse person to tell a plain fact.

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No man ever distinguished himself who could not bear to be laughed at.

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When driven to the necessity of explaining, I found that I did not myself understand what I meant.

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How is it that hope so powerfully excites, and fear so absolutely depresses all our faculties?

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[On collectors of quotations:] How far our literature may in future suffer from these blighting swarms, will best be conceived by a glance at what they have already withered and blasted of the favourite productions of our most popular poets ...

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The everlasting quotation-lover dotes on the husks of learning.

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There is no moment like the present. The man who will not execute his resolutions when they are fresh upon him can have no hope from them afterwards: they will be dissipated, lost, and perish in the hurry and scurry of the world, or sunk in the slough of indolence.

— Maria Edgeworth

A man who sells his conscience for his interest will sell it for his pleasure. A man who will betray his country will betray his friend.

— Maria Edgeworth

The labor of thinking was so great to me, that having once come to a conclusion upon any subject, I would rather persist in it, right or wrong, than be at the trouble of going over the process again to revise and rectify my judgment.

— Maria Edgeworth

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