Quotes by Maria Edgeworth

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Maria Edgeworth (January 1, 1767-May 22, 1849) was an Irish novelist.

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The human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return.

Those who are animated by hope can perform what would seem impossibilities to those who are under the depressing influence of fear.
“Pleasing for a moment,” said Helen, smiling, “is of some consequence; for, if we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves, you know.”
Business was his aversion; pleasure was his business.
I’ve a great fancy to see my own funeral afore I die.
Children were pretty things at three years old; but began to be great plagues at six, and were quite intolerable at ten.
Those who have lived in a house with spoiled children must have a lively recollection of the degree of torment they can inflict upon all who are within sight or hearing.
… sometimes the very faults of parents produce a tendency to opposite virtues in their children.
It is a custom in Ireland, among shoemakers, if they intoxicate themselves on Sunday, to do no work on Monday; and this they call making a Saint Monday or keeping Saint Crispin's day. Many here adopted this good custom from the example of the shoemakers.
How success changes the opinion of men!
His morality is not in purple patches, ostentatiously obtrusive, but woven in through the very texture of the stuff.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, / All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.
Timid brides, you have, probably, hitherto been addressed as angels. Prepare for the time when you shall again become mortal.
Reconciliations are the cement of friendship. Therefore friends should quarrel to strengthen their attachment, and offend each other for the pleasure of being reconciled.