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Letitia Pilkington

  • ... I was most incorrigibly devoted to versifying, and all my spouse's wholesome admonitions had no manner of effect on me; in short, I believe this scribbling itch is an incurable disease ...

    • Letitia Pilkington,
    • Memoirs of Mrs. Letitia Pilkington Written By Herself, vol. 1
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  • Is it not monstrous that our seducers should be our accusers?

    • Letitia Pilkington,
    • Memoirs of Mrs. Letitia Pilkington Written By Herself, vol. 1
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  • Yet still, in principles, 'tis known / We judge of others by our own ...

    • Letitia Pilkington,
    • "To Counsellor C--," Memoirs of Mrs. Letitia Pilkington Written By Herself, vol. 1 ()
  • Thy envy, then, and rage give over, / Thou worthless, mean, rejected lover! / Or in a print I swear to show you, / So like that all mankind shall know you.

    • Letitia Pilkington,
    • "To Counsellor C--," Memoirs of Mrs. Letitia Pilkington Written By Herself, vol. 1 ()
  • Lying is an occupation, / Used by all who mean to rise; / Politicians owe their station / But to well concerted lies. / ... / Study this superior science / Would you rise in Church or State; / Bid to truth a bold defiance; / 'Tis the practice of the great.

    • Letitia Pilkington,
    • "A Song," Memoirs of Mrs. Letitia Pilkington Written By Herself ()
  • ... when a swinging sin is to be committed, there is nothing like a gown and a cassock to cover it.

    • Letitia Pilkington,
    • Memoirs of Mrs. Letitia Pilkington Written By Herself, vol. 1
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  • The name of marriage is the bane of pleasure / And love should have no tie but Love to bind it ...

    • Letitia Pilkington,
    • "The Roman Father," Memoirs of Mrs. Letitia Pilkington Written By Herself, vol. 2 ()
  • A third volume of Memoirs is really a bold undertaking ... I cannot, like a certain female writer, say, I hope if I have done nothing to please, I have done nothing to offend; for truly I mean to give both pleasure and offense ...

    • Letitia Pilkington,
    • Memoirs of Mrs. Letitia Pilkington Written By Herself, vol. 3
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  • ... by the general love of scandal and detraction in Dublin, one might reasonably imagine they were all to feed themselves through the holes which they had made in the characters of others.

    • Letitia Pilkington,
    • Memoirs of Mrs. Letitia Pilkington Written By Herself, vol. 3
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  • Reputation ... is as often gained without merit as lost without a crime ...

    • Letitia Pilkington,
    • Memoirs of Mrs. Letitia Pilkington Written By Herself, vol. 3
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  • The child who is permitted to torment, or destroy, the minutest object in creation, who will wantonly tread upon a worm, or unhumanly pass a pin through the body of a fly, will in all probabiilty, as he increases in years, feel no more compunction at tormenting a fellow-creature, than he did in witnessing the wreathing agonies of a fly.

    • Letitia Pilkington,
    • The Sorrows of Caesar; or, The Adventures of a Foundling Dog
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Letitia Pilkington, English memoirist

(1712 - 1750)

Full name: Letitia Van Lewen Pilkington.