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S. Austin Allibone, comp. Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay. 1880.

Lady Mary W. Montagu

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.

Lady Mary W. Montagu.

Whatever you may now think (now, perhaps, you have some fondness for me), though your love should continue in its full force, there are hours when the most beloved mistress would be troublesome. People are not forever (nor is it in human nature that they should be) disposed to be fond; you would be glad to find in me the friend and the companion. To be agreeably the last, it is necessary to be gay and entertaining. A perpetual solitude, in a place where you see nothing to raise your spirits, at length wears them out, and conversation falls into dull and insipid. When I have no more to say to you, you will like me no longer. How dreadful is that view!

Lady Mary W. Montagu: To E. W. Montagu (before marriage).

Very few people [husband and wife] that have settled entirely in the country but have grown at length weary of one another. The lady’s conversation generally falls into a thousand impertinent effects of idleness; and the gentleman falls in love with his dogs and his horses, and out of love with everything else…. ’Tis my opinion, ’tis necessary to be happy that we neither of us think any place more agreeable than that where we are.

Lady Mary W. Montague: To E. W. Montague (before marriage).