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Maria Edgeworth Quotes





A straight line is the shortest in morals as in mathematics.
 

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

Artificial manners vanish the moment the natural passions are touched.
 

Business was his aversion; Pleasure was his business.
 

Fortune's wheel never stands still the highest point is therefore the most perilous.
 

How success changes the opinion of men!
 

I've a great fancy to see my own funeral afore I die.
 

If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.
[Time]
 

In real friendship the judgment, the genius, the prudence of each party become the common property of both.
[Friendship]
 

Our Irish blunders are never blunders of the heart.
 

Shame is nature's hasty conscience.
[Shame]
 

Some people talk of morality, and some of religion, but give me a little snug property.
 

Surely it is much more generous to forgive and remember, than to forgive and forget.
 

The bore is usually considered a harmless creature, or of that class of irrationa bipeds who hurt only themselves.
 

The human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return.
[Confidence]
 

The law, in our case, seems to make the right; and the very reverse ought to be done - the right should make the law.
 

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.
 

You think it a want of judgment that one changes his opinion. - Is it a proof that your scales are bad because they vibrate with every additional weight that is added to either side?
[Judgment]