Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington, born Margaret Power

Gardiner, Countess of Blessington, born Margaret Power

Irish Novelist

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Conversation is the legs on which thought walks; and writing, the wings by which it flies.

Religion converts despair, which destroys, into resignation, which submits.

Egoism is in general the malady of the aged? we become occupied with our own existence in proportion as it ceases to be interesting to others.

Satire often proceeds less from ill nature than a desire to display wit.

Flowers are the bright remembrances of youth; they waft us back, with their bland odorous breath, the joyous hours that only young life knows, ere we have learnt that this fair earth hides graves.

Some people are capable of making great sacrifices, but few are capable of concealing how much the effort has cost them.

Friends are the thermometers by which we may judge the temperature of our fortunes.

Superstition is only the fear of belief, while religion is the confidence.

Genius is the gold in the mine; talent is the miner who works and brings it out.

Talent, like beauty, to be pardoned, must be obscure and unostentatious.

Happiness consists not in having much, but in being content with little.

The chief requisites for a courtier are a flexible conscience and an inflexible politeness.

Haste is always ungraceful.

The vices of the rich and great are mistaken for errors; and those of the poor and lowly, for crimes.

Heaven sends us misfortunes as a moral tonic.

There are no persons capable of stooping so low as those who desire to rise in the world.

How soothing is affection ... this sweetener of life.

There is no knowledge for which so great a price is paid as a knowledge of the world; and no one ever became an adept in it except at the expense of a hardened or a wounded heart.

A beautiful woman without fixed principles may be likened to those fair but rootless flowers which float in streams, driven by every breeze.

Love often re-illumes his extinguished flame at the torch of jealousy.

Those can most easily dispense with society who are the most calculated to adorn it; they only are dependent on it who possess no mental resources, for though they bring nothing to the general mart, like beggars, they are too poor to stay at home.

A German writer observes: "The noblest characters only show themselves in their real light. All others act comedy with their fellow-men even unto the grave."

Love-matches are made by people who are content, for a month of honey, to condemn themselves to a life of vinegar.

Those who are formed to win general admiration are seldom calculated to bestow individual happiness.

A woman should not paint sentiment till she has ceased to inspire it.

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Irish Novelist