Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington, Lady Blessington, born Margaret Power

Irish Novelist

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

"Concealed griefs are the most consuming, as secret maladies are the most fatal."

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

"Mediocrity is beneath a brave soul."

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

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

"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."

"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."

"There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness."

"Virtue, like a dowerless beauty, has more admirers than followers."

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

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

"Praise is the only gift for which people are really grateful."

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

"To appear rich, we make ourselves poor."

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

"A mother?s love! O holy, boundless thing! Fountain whose waters never cease to spring!"

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

"Arles is certainly one of the most interesting towns I have ever seen, whether viewed as a place remarkable for the objects of antiquity it contains, or for the primitive manners of its inhabitants and its picturesque appearance."

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

"Heaven sends us misfortunes as a moral tonic."

"Here Fashion is a despot, and no one dreams of evading its dictates."

"I see little alteration at Lyons since I formerly passed through it. Its manufactories are, nevertheless, flourishing, though less improvement than could be expected is visible in the external aspect of the place."

"In France, a woman may forget that she is neither young nor handsome; for the absence of these claims to attention does not expose her to be neglected by the male sex."

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

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

"People seem to lose all respect for the past; events succeed each other with such velocity that the most remarkable one of a few years gone by, is no more remembered than if centuries had closed over it."

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

"Superstition is but the fear of belief."

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

"Tears may be dried up, but the heart - never."

"The chief prerequisite for a escort is to have a flexible conscience and an inflexible politeness."

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

"The Temple of Diana is in the vicinity of the fountain, which has given rise to the conjecture that it originally constituted a portion of the ancient baths."

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

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

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

"We never respect those who amuse us, however we may smile at their comic powers."

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

"When we bring back with us the objects most dear, and find those we left unchanged, we are tempted to doubt the lapse of time; but one link in the chain of affection broken, and everything seems altered."

"Who could look on these monuments without reflecting on the vanity of mortals in thus offering up testimonials of their respect for persons of whose very names posterity is ignorant?"

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

"Yes, the meeting of dear friends atones for the regret of separation; and like it so much enhances affection, that after absence one wonders how one has been able to stay away from them so long."