MONTAGUE, Lady Mary Wortley Quotes
(1689-1762), English letter writer
Conscience is justice's best minister. It threatens, promises, rewards, and punishes, and keeps all under its control.—The busy must attend to its remonstrances; the most powerful submit to its reproof, and the angry endure its up-braidings.—While conscience is our friend, all is peace; but if once offended, farewell to the tranquil mind.
I am charmed with many points of the Turkish law; when proved the authors of any notorious falsehood, they are burned on the forehead with a hot iron.
Civility costs nothing, and buys everything.
Writers of novels and romances in general bring a double loss on their readers,—they rob them both of their time and money; representing men, manners, and things, that never have been, nor are likely to be; either confounding or perverting history and truth, inflating the mind, or committing violence upon the understanding.
The fruit that can fall without shaking, indeed is too mellow for me.
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
Satire should, like a polished razor, keen, wound with a touch that is scarcely felt or seen.