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Charlotte Lennox

  • It is more important to detect corruption than fiction.

  • The law has no power over heroes.

  • A hero in one age will be a hero in another.

  • Custom ... changes the very nature of things; and what was honorable a thousand years ago, may probably be looked upon as infamous now.

  • Truth is not always injured by fiction.

  • The silence of a man who loves to praise, is a censure sufficiently severe ...

  • Whatever is done by design is always overdone.

  • We are better deceived by having some truth told us than none.

  • It is easy to be just when our own inclinations do not oppose it.

  • There is no logic like the logic of the heart.

  • Politeness is sometimes a great tax upon sincerity.

  • Truth is too weak to combat prejudice.

  • No woman is envious of another's virtue who is conscious of her own.

  • In taking revenge upon our enemies, we are only even with them; in passing over their malice we are superior.

  • When a person is found less guilty than he is suspected, he is concluded more innocent than he really is.

  • Nothing is more common than for persons to hate those whom they have injured.

  • What is called liberality is often no more than the vanity of giving, of which some persons are fonder than of what they give.

  • The motives even of our best actions will not always bear examination; we deceive ourselves first, and our vanity is too much interested in the deception to make us wish to detect it.

Charlotte Lennox, U.S.-born English writer

(1720 - 1804)