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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.

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

Our Irish blunders are never blunders of the heart.

Shame is nature's hasty conscience.

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.

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?