Elizabeth Montagu was born 2 October 1718, and died 25 August 1800
- I endeavour to be wise when I cannot be merry, easy when I cannot be glad, content with what cannot be mended and patient when there be no redress.
- I never invite idiots to my house.
- Wit in women is apt to have bad consequences; like a sword without a scabbard, it wounds the wearer and provokes assailants.
- Any wife will save you from purgatory, and a diligent one will secure heaven to you.
- Few people know anything of the English history but what they learn from Shakespeare; for our story is rather a tissue of personal adventures and catastrophes than a series of political events.
Montagu was a British social reformer, patron of the arts, literary critic, and writer. She helped organise and lead the bluestocking society. She is the author of An Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespeare .
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