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Dorothy Nevill

  • ... conversation is now pretty well a lost art.

  • It is, I think, a good deal owing to the preponderance of the commercial element in Society that conversation has sunk to its present dull level of conventional chatter. The commercial class has always mistrusted verbal brilliancy and wit, deeming such qualities, perhaps with some justice, frivolous and unprofitable.

  • For a few political turncoats there is real excuse. One can hardly blame those whom one ministry have seen fit to throw overboard for having the strength to swim to the other side.

  • The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but, far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

  • ... Lord Beaconsfield in his later years talked little when in society — men of his stamp, although they possess the gold of conversation, seldom have its small change.

  • If all men and women were kept at some useful employment there would be less sorrow and wickedness in the world ...

  • The poorest education that teaches self-control is better than the best that neglects it.

  • A valuable qualification of a modern politician seems to be a capacity for concealing or explaining away the truth ...

Dorothy Nevill, English writer, society figure

(1826 - 1913)

Full name: Lady Dorothy Fanny Nevill.