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Lady Hester Stanhope
“Nature forms us in a certain manner, both inwardly and outwardly, and it is in vain to attempt to alter it.”
“[On her stay in Turkey:] A woman in man's clothes, a woman on horseback — everything directly in opposition to their strongest prejudices, and yet never a smile of impertinence, let me go where I will. If it was as it is in England, it would quite impossible to get through with it all.”
“... I shall go on making sublime and philosophical discoveries, and employing myself in deep, abstract studies.”
“... nobody is such a fool as to moider away his time in the slip-slop conversation of a pack of women.”
“My roses are my jewels; the sun, moon, and stars my clocks; fruit and water my fare.”
“Education is all paint — it does not alter the nature of the wood that lies under it, it only improves its appearance a little. Why I dislike education so much is, that it makes all people alike, until you have examined into them; and it sometimes is so long before you get to see under the varnish!”
Lady Hester Stanhope, English traveler, adventurer, socialite
(1776 - 1839)
Full name: Lady Hester Lucy Stanhope.