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Eliza Leslie

  • ... she had always found occupation to be one of the best medicines for an afflicted mind ...

  • Gratitude is a very pleasant sensation, both for those who feel and to those who excite it. No one who confers a favor can say with truth that they 'want no thanks.' They always do.

  • When you see persons slip down on the ice, do not laugh at them. ... It is more feminine on witnessing such a sight, to utter an involuntary scream than a shout of laughter.

  • Ignorant people always suppose that popular writers are wonderfully well-paid — and must be making rapid fortunes — because they neither starve in garrets, nor wear rags — at least in America.

  • When in company with literary women, make no allusions to 'learned ladies,' or 'blue stockings,' or express surprise that they should have any knowledge of housewifery, or needle-work, or dress; or that they are able to talk on 'common things.' It is rude and foolish and shows that you really know nothing about them, either as a class or as individuals.

  • Recollect that to a woman who gets her living by her pen, 'time is money,' as it is to an artist. Therefore, encroaching on her time is lessening her income. And yet how often is this done (either heedlessly or selfishly) by persons professing to be her friends, and who are habitually in the practice of interrupting her in her writing hours ...

  • Many persons erroneously suppose that an author has always on hand an unlimited number of her own books; or that the publisher will kindly give her as many as she can want for herself and friends. This is by no means the case.

  • Flattery is praise without foundation.

  • If a person begins by telling you, 'Do not be offended at what I am going to say,' prepare yourself for something that she knows will certainly offend you.

  • On this earth there are many roads to heaven; and each traveller supposes his own to be the best. But they must all unite in one road at the last. It is only Omniscience that can decide. And it will then be found that no sect is excluded because of its faith ...

  • Avoid giving invitations to bores — they will come without.

    • Eliza Leslie,
    • in Kate Sanborn, The Wit of Women ()

Eliza Leslie, U.S. etiquette maven, cookbook writer, children's writer, humorist

(1787 - 1858)