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The Duchess

  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder ...

  • What a haven of rest and security is one's own room!

  • ... before you could say Jack Robinson.

  • Silence, however, is sometimes as irritating as noise.

  • 'I always excuse everybody,' says Mrs. Wilding-Weekes, 'I'm bound to — they have always such a lot to excuse in me.'

  • A philanthropist, Marian, is a person who looks down on everybody else, and makes himself whilst on earth very unusually unpleasant to all his neighbours. He generally lives long, and is very little regretted. The nation, on his death, raises a hideous monument to his memory as a token of gratitude to the Heaven who has removed him.

  • An old friend is like an old chair. One delights in it — one finds shelter within its kindly arms.

  • Happiness is the one great beautifier.

  • To be well gowned is to be of good spirit, as most people will acknowledge. In that delightful book, 'Backlog Studies,' the author tells us that in Boston they hold the opinion, 'That there is a satisfaction in being well dressed which religion cannot give.'

  • Society forgives a good deal to the people who are good enough to afford them a laugh now and then.

  • Bores are the pariahs of society.

  • 'Remorse is a terrible thing,' says Crawford slowly. 'It is the worm that never dieth. It gnaws for ever.'

  • Everyone can master a grief but he that has it.

The Duchess, Irish novelist

(1855 - 1897)

Real name: Margaret Wolfe Hungerford.