Marguerite Gardiner was born 1 September 1789, and died 4 June 1849
- Happiness consists not in having much, but in being content with little.
- A woman’s head is always influenced by heart; but a man’s heart by his head.
- Conversation is the legs on which thought walks; and writing, the wings by which it flies.
- Some people are capable of making great sacrifices, but few are capable of concealing how much the effort has cost them.
- Wit is the lightning of the mind, reason the sunshine, and reflection the moonlight.
- We never respect those who amuse us, however we may smile at their comic powers.
- Talent, like beauty, to be pardoned, must be obscure and unostentatious.
- We have a reading, a talking, and a writing public. When shall we have a thinking?
- Our weaknesses are the indigenous produce of our characters; but our strength is the forced fruit.
Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington, was an Irish novelist, journalist, and literary hostess. She is the author of Conversations of Lord Byron with the Countess of Blessington.
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