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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.

    • Lady Hester Stanhope,
    • c. 1800, in Duchess of Cleveland, The Life and Letters of Lady Hester Stanhope ()
  • [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.

    • Lady Hester Stanhope,
    • 1812, in Duchess of Cleveland, The Life and Letters of Lady Hester Stanhope ()
  • ... I shall go on making sublime and philosophical discoveries, and employing myself in deep, abstract studies.

    • Lady Hester Stanhope,
    • 1827, in Duchess of Cleveland, The Life and Letters of Lady Hester Stanhope ()
  • ... nobody is such a fool as to moider away his time in the slip-slop conversation of a pack of women.

    • Lady Hester Stanhope,
    • 1837, in Duchess of Cleveland, The Life and Letters of Lady Hester Stanhope ()
  • My roses are my jewels; the sun, moon, and stars my clocks; fruit and water my fare.

    • Lady Hester Stanhope,
    • 1838, in Duchess of Cleveland, The Life and Letters of Lady Hester Stanhope ()
  • 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,
    • 1838, in Duchess of Cleveland, The Life and Letters of Lady Hester Stanhope ()

Lady Hester Stanhope, English traveler, adventurer, socialite

(1776 - 1839)

Full name: Lady Hester Lucy Stanhope.