Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, who was born on 26 May 1689 and died in 1762, was an English aristocrat and a brilliant and versatile writer, famous for her letters.
Aside from her writing, Lady Mary was responsible for the introduction of the smallpox inoculation to Britain and Western Europe after her return from Turkey.

πŸ”Ά β€œSatire should, like a polished razor keen, wound with a touch that’s scarcely felt or seen.”

πŸ”Ά β€œNo entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. β€œ

πŸ”Ά β€œI give myself sometimes admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it.”

πŸ”Ά β€œI despise the pleasure of pleasing people that I despise.”

πŸ”ΆΒ β€œCivility costs nothing and buys everything”


πŸ”·Β β€œLa satira dovrebbe, come un rasoio affilato e raffinato, ferire con un tocco che a malapena si vede o si sente. β€œ

πŸ”· β€œNon c’è svago economico come la lettura, nΓ© piacere cosΓ¬ duraturo.”

πŸ”·Β “A volte mi do consigli ammirevoli, ma non sono capace di seguirli.”

πŸ”· Disprezzo il piacere di piacere alle persone che disprezzo.”

πŸ”· “La cortesia non costa nulla e compra tutto.”

40 thoughts on “Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

  1. Molto acuta! A mio parere traspare la satira, tipica delle donne profonde e intelligenti, di quelle che non hanno paura di dire la verità! Ciao Luisa, buona serata!!❀❀🌈

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