Quotes by Maria Edgeworth
A man who sells his conscience for his interest will sell it for his pleasure. A man who will betray his country will betray his friend.
Surely it is much more generous to forgive and remember, than to forgive and forget.
Man is to be held only by the ''slightest'' chains; with the idea that he can break them at pleasure, he submits to them in sport.
Obtain power, then, by all means; power is the law of man; make it yours.
Our Irish blunders are never blunders of the heart.
Alarmed successively by every fashionable medical terror of the day, she dosed her children with every specific which was publicly advertised or privately recommended…The consequence was, that the dangers, which had at first been imaginary, became real: these little victims of domestic medicine never had a day's health: they looked, and were, more dead than alive.
It is unjust and absurd of those advancing in years, to expect of the young that confidence should come all and only on their side: the human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return.
A love-match was the only thing for happiness, where the parties could any way afford it.
We cannot judge either of the feelings or of the characters of men with perfect accuracy from their actions or their appearance in public; it is from their careless conversations, their half-finished sentences, that we may hope with the greatest probability of success to discover their real characters.
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