Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington, born Margaret Power

Gardiner, Countess of Blessington, born Margaret Power

Irish Novelist

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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.

Bores: People who talk of themselves, when you are thinking only of yourself.

Mountains appear more lofty the nearer they are approached, but great men resemble them not in this particular.

Women excel more in literary judgment than in literary production,--they are better critics than authors.

Borrowed thoughts, like borrowed money, only show the poverty of the borrower.

Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart.

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.

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Irish Novelist