Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington, born Margaret Power

Gardiner, Countess of Blessington, born Margaret Power

Irish Novelist

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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.

Many minds that have withstood the most severe trials have been broken down by a succession of ignoble cares.

Thoughts come maimed and plucked of plumage from the lips, which, from the pea, in the silence of your own leisure and study, would be born with far more beauty.

A woman's head is always influenced by her heart; but a man's heart is always influenced by his head.

Mediocrity is beneath a brave soul.

When the sun shines on you, you see your friends. It requires sunshine to be seen by them to advantage!

Alas! There is no casting anchor in the stream of time!

Memory seldom fails when its office is to show us the tombs of our buried hopes.

Wit is the lightning of the mind, reason the sunshine, and reflection the moonlight.

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Irish Novelist