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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: You've always been living on prospects; for my part, I'd rather have a mole-hill in You've always been living on prospects; for my part, I'd rather have a mole-hill in possession than a mountain in prospect.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Confidence is the best proof of love. Confidence is the best proof of love.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: When the mind is full of any one subject, that subject seems to recur with When the mind is full of any one subject, that subject seems to recur with extraordinary frequency - it appears to pursue or to meet us at every turn: in every conversation that we hear in every book we open, in every newspaper we take up, the reigning idea recurs; and then we are surprised, and exclaim at these wonderful coincidences.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: It is quite fitting that charity should begin at home ... but then it should It is quite fitting that charity should begin at home ... but then it should not end at home; for those that help nobody will find none to help them in time of need.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: How impossible it is not to laugh in some company, or to laugh in others. How impossible it is not to laugh in some company, or to laugh in others.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Sir Patrick Rackrent lived and died a monument of old Irish hospitality. Sir Patrick Rackrent lived and died a monument of old Irish hospitality.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: The everlasting quotation-lover dotes on the husks of learning. The everlasting quotation-lover dotes on the husks of learning.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: It is not so easy to do good as those who have never attempted it It is not so easy to do good as those who have never attempted it may imagine.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: There are two sorts of content; one is connected with exertion, the other with habits There are two sorts of content; one is connected with exertion, the other with habits of indolence. The first is a virtue; the other, a vice.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Young ladies who think of nothing but dress, public amusements, and forming what they call Young ladies who think of nothing but dress, public amusements, and forming what they call high connexions, are undoubtedly most easily managed, by the fear of what the world will say of them.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: My mother took too much, a great deal too much, care of me; she over-educated, My mother took too much, a great deal too much, care of me; she over-educated, over-instructed, over-dosed me with premature lessons of prudence: she was so afraid that I should ever do a foolish thing, or not say a wise one, that she prompted my every word, and guided my every action. So I grew up, seeing with her eyes, hearing with her ears, and judging with her understanding, till, at length, it was found out that I had not eyes, ears or understanding of my own.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: There is no moment like the present. The man who will not execute his resolutions There is no moment like the present. The man who will not execute his resolutions when they are fresh upon him can have no hope from them afterwards: they will be dissipated, lost, and perish in the hurry and scurry of the world, or sunk in the slough of indolence.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Did the Warwickshire militia, who were chiefly artisans, teach the Irish to drink beer, or Did the Warwickshire militia, who were chiefly artisans, teach the Irish to drink beer, or did they learn from the Irish how to drink whiskey?
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: When driven to the necessity of explaining, I found that I did not myself understand When driven to the necessity of explaining, I found that I did not myself understand what I meant.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: A man who sells his conscience for his interest will sell it for his pleasure. 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.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Beauty is a great gift of heaven; not for the purpose of female vanity, but Beauty is a great gift of heaven; not for the purpose of female vanity, but a great gift for one who loves, and wishes to be beloved.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: In real friendship the judgment, the genius, the prudence of each party become the common In real friendship the judgment, the genius, the prudence of each party become the common property of both.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: The prevailing taste of the public for anecdote has been censured and ridiculed by critics, The prevailing taste of the public for anecdote has been censured and ridiculed by critics, who aspire to the character of superior wisdom: but if we consider it in a proper point of view, this taste is an incontestible proof of the good sense and profoundly philosophic temper of the present times. Of the numbers who study, or at least who read history, how few derive any advantage from their labors!
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: It sometimes requires courage to fly from danger. It sometimes requires courage to fly from danger.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: According to the Asiatics, Cupid's bow is strung with bees which are apt to sting, According to the Asiatics, Cupid's bow is strung with bees which are apt to sting, sometimes fatally, those who meddle with it.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Let the sexes mutually forgive each other their follies; or, what is much better, let Let the sexes mutually forgive each other their follies; or, what is much better, let them combine their talents for their general advantage.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Nature knows best, and she says, roar! Nature knows best, and she says, roar!
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Love occupies a vast space in a woman's thoughts, but fills a small portion in Love occupies a vast space in a woman's thoughts, but fills a small portion in a man's life.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: She saw none of them in their natural state. She asserts that though there may She saw none of them in their natural state. She asserts that though there may be women distinguished as writers in England, there are no ladies who have any great conversational and political influence in society, of that kind which, during the old regime, was obtained in France by what they would call their femmes marquantes2, such as Madame de Tencin, Madame de Deffand, Mademoiselle de l'Espinasse. This remark stung me to the quick, for my country and for myself, and raised in me a foolish, vainglorious emulation, an ambition false in its objects, and unsuited to the manners, domestic habits, and public virtue of our country. I
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Let menot, even inmyownmind, committheinjustice of taking a speck for the whole. Let menot, even inmyownmind, committheinjustice of taking a speck for the whole.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Possessed, as are all the fair daughters of Eve, of an hereditary propensity, transmitted to Possessed, as are all the fair daughters of Eve, of an hereditary propensity, transmitted to them undiminished through succeeding generations, to be 'soonmoved withtheslightesttouch of blame'; very little precept and practice will confirm them in the habit, and instruct them all the maxims, of self-justification.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: What a treasure, to meet with any thing a new heart all hearts, nowadays, are What a treasure, to meet with any thing a new heart
all hearts, nowadays, are secondhand at best.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Artificial manners vanish the moment the natural passions are touched. Artificial manners vanish the moment the natural passions are touched.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: If young women were not deceived into a belief that affectation pleases, they would scarcely If young women were not deceived into a belief that affectation pleases, they would scarcely trouble themselves to practise it so much.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Tyranny and injustice always produce cunning and falsehood. Tyranny and injustice always produce cunning and falsehood.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: How success changes the opinion of men! How success changes the opinion of men!
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: We may make our future by the best use of the present. There is no We may make our future by the best use of the present. There is no moment like the present.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Habit is, to weak minds, a species of moral predestination, from which they have no Habit is, to weak minds, a species of moral predestination, from which they have no power to escape.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: We are all apt to think that an opinion that differs from our own is We are all apt to think that an opinion that differs from our own is a prejudice ...
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: There is no reasoning with imagination. There is no reasoning with imagination.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves. If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.
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Maria Edgeworth Sayings: What a misfortune it isto be bornawoman!? Why seek for knowledge, which can prove only What a misfortune it isto be bornawoman!? Why seek for knowledge, which can prove only that our wretchedness is irremediable? If a ray of light break in upon us, it is but to make darkness more visible; to show usthenew limits, the Gothic structure, theimpenetrable barriers of our prison.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: An orator is the worse person to tell a plain fact. An orator is the worse person to tell a plain fact.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: We cannot judge either of the feelings or of the characters of men with perfect 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.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: So quickly in youth do different and opposite trains of ideas and emotions succeed to So quickly in youth do different and opposite trains of ideas and emotions succeed to each other; and so easy it is, by a timely exercise of reason and self-command, to prevent a fancy from becoming a passion.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Man is to be held only by the slightest chains; with the idea that he 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.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Beauties are always curious about beauties, and wits about wits. Beauties are always curious about beauties, and wits about wits.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Promises are dangerous things to ask or to give. Promises are dangerous things to ask or to give.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Health can make money, but money cannot make health. Health can make money, but money cannot make health.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: An inaccurate use of words produces such a strange confusion in all reasoning, that in An inaccurate use of words produces such a strange confusion in all reasoning, that in the heat of debate, the combatants, unable to distinguish their friends from their foes, fall promiscuously on both.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Books only spoil the originality of genius. Very well for those who can't think for Books only spoil the originality of genius. Very well for those who can't think for themselves - But when one has made up one's opinions, there is no use in reading.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Half the good intentions of my life have been frustrated by my unfortunate habit of Half the good intentions of my life have been frustrated by my unfortunate habit of putting things off till to-morrow.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: First loves are not necessarily more foolish than others; but the chances are certainly against First loves are not necessarily more foolish than others; but the chances are certainly against them. Proximity of time or place, a variety of accidental circumstances more than the essential merits of the object, often produce what is called first love.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: When people are warm, they cannot stand picking terms. When people are warm, they cannot stand picking terms.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Nor elves, nor fays, nor magic charm, Have pow'r, or will, to work us harm; Nor elves, nor fays, nor magic charm, Have pow'r, or will, to work us harm; For those who dare the truth to tell, Fays, elves, and fairies, wish them well.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Clarence Hervey might have been more than a pleasant young man, if he had not Clarence Hervey might have been more than a pleasant young man, if he had not been smitten with the desire of being thought superior in every thing, and of being the most admired person in all companies. He had been early flattered with the idea that he was a man of genius; and he imagined that, as such, he was entitled to be imprudent, wild, and eccentric. He affected singularity, in order to establish his claims to genius. He had considerable literary talents, by which he was distinguished at Oxford; but he was so dreadfully afraid of passing for a pedant, that when he came into the company of the idle and the ignorant, he pretended to disdain every species of knowledge. His chameleon character seemed to vary in different lights, and according to the different situations in which he happened to be placed. He could be all things to all men - and to all women.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: A love-match was the only thing for happiness, where the parties could any way afford A love-match was the only thing for happiness, where the parties could any way afford it.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: First and foremost, they had the curses of the country: and Sir Murtagh Rackrent, the First and foremost, they had the curses of the country: and Sir Murtagh Rackrent, the new heir, in the next place, on account of this affront to the body, refused to pay a shilling of the debts, in which he was countenanced by all the best gentlemen of property, and others of his acquaintance; Sir Murtagh alleging in all companies that he all along meant to pay his father's debts of honour, but the moment the law was taken of him, there was an end of honour to be sure. It was whispered (but none but the enemies of the family believe it) that this was all a sham seizure to get quit of the debts which he had bound himself to pay in honour.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Now flattery can never do good; twice cursed in the giving and the receiving, it Now flattery can never do good; twice cursed in the giving and the receiving, it ought to be.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Out of forty-nine suits which he had, he never lost one but seventeen; the rest Out of forty-nine suits which he had, he never lost one but seventeen; the rest he gained with costs, double costs, treble costs sometimes; but even that did not pay.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Illness was a sort of occupation to me, and I was always sorry to get Illness was a sort of occupation to me, and I was always sorry to get well.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: When a man's over head and shoulders in debt, he may live the faster for When a man's over head and shoulders in debt, he may live the faster for it, and the better if he goes the right way about it, or else how is it so many live so well, as we see every day after they are ruined?
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Bishop Wilkins prophesied that the time would come when gentlemen, when they were to go Bishop Wilkins prophesied that the time would come when gentlemen, when they were to go on a journey, would call for their wings as regularly as they call for their boots.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: The law, in our case, seems to make the right; and the very reverse ought The law, in our case, seems to make the right; and the very reverse ought to be done - the right should make the law.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Belinda is not quite so great a philosopher as I imagined. Belinda is not quite so great a philosopher as I imagined.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Hope can produce the finest and most permanent springs of action. Hope can produce the finest and most permanent springs of action.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Our Irish blunders are never blunders of the heart. Our Irish blunders are never blunders of the heart.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Alarmed successively by every fashionable medical terror of the day, she dosed her children with 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.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Every man who takes a part in politics, especially in times when parties run high, Every man who takes a part in politics, especially in times when parties run high, must expect to be abused; they must bear it; and their friends must learn to bear it for them.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Politeness only teaches us to save others from unnecessary pain ... You are not bound Politeness only teaches us to save others from unnecessary pain ... You are not bound by politeness to tell any falsehoods.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Surely it is much more generous to forgive and remember, than to forgive and forget. Surely it is much more generous to forgive and remember, than to forgive and forget.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Fortune's wheel never stands still the highest point is therefore the most perilous. Fortune's wheel never stands still the highest point is therefore the most perilous.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: I find the love of garden grows upon me as I grow older more and I find the love of garden grows upon me as I grow older more and more. Shrubs and flowers and such small gay things, that bloom and please and fade and wither and are gone and we care not for them, are refreshing interests, in life, and if we cannot say never fading pleasures, we may say unreproved pleasures and never grieving losses.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: In marrying, a man does not, to be sure, marry his wife's mother; and yet In marrying, a man does not, to be sure, marry his wife's mother; and yet a prudent man, when he begins to think of the daughter, would look sharp at the mother; ay, and back to the grandmother too, and along the whole female line of ancestry.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: I've a great fancy to see my own funeral afore I die. I've a great fancy to see my own funeral afore I die.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Why will friends publish all the trash they can scrape together of celebrated people? Why will friends publish all the trash they can scrape together of celebrated people?
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Home! With what different sensations different people pronounce and hear that word pronounced! Home! With what different sensations different people pronounce and hear that word pronounced!
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: How is it that hope so powerfully excites, and fear so absolutely depresses all our How is it that hope so powerfully excites, and fear so absolutely depresses all our faculties?
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: [On collectors of quotations:] How far our literature may in future suffer from these blighting [On collectors of quotations:] How far our literature may in future suffer from these blighting swarms, will best be conceived by a glance at what they have already withered and blasted of the favourite productions of our most popular poets ...
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Wit is often its own worst enemy. Wit is often its own worst enemy.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Business was his aversion; Pleasure was his business. Business was his aversion; Pleasure was his business.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: The human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return. The human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: The unaffected language of real feeling and benevolence is easily understood, and is never ridiculous. The unaffected language of real feeling and benevolence is easily understood, and is never ridiculous.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Sometimes the very faults of parents produce a tendency to opposite virtues in their children. Sometimes the very faults of parents produce a tendency to opposite virtues in their children.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Come when you're called; And do as you're bid; Shut the door after you; And Come when you're called; And do as you're bid; Shut the door after you; And you'll never be chid.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: But don't you know that girls never think of what they are talking about, or But don't you know that girls never think of what they are talking about, or rather never talk of what they are thinking about? And they have always ten times more to say to the man they don't care for, than to him they do.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: The bore is good for promoting sleep; but though he causeth sleep in others, it The bore is good for promoting sleep; but though he causeth sleep in others, it is uncertain whether he ever sleeps himself; as few can keep awake in his company long enough to see. It is supposed that when he sleeps it is with his mouth open.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: A straight line is the shortest possible line between any two points - an axiom A straight line is the shortest possible line between any two points - an axiom equally true in morals as in mathematics.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: It is sometimes fortunate, that the means which are taken to produce certain effects upon It is sometimes fortunate, that the means which are taken to produce certain effects upon the mind have a tendency directly opposite to what is expected.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Some people talk of morality, and some of religion, but give me a little snug Some people talk of morality, and some of religion, but give me a little snug property.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Obtain power, then, by all means; power is the law of man; make it yours. Obtain power, then, by all means; power is the law of man; make it yours.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Idleness, ennui, noise, mischief, riot, and a nameless train of mistaken notions of pleasure, are Idleness, ennui, noise, mischief, riot, and a nameless train of mistaken notions of pleasure, are often classed, in a young man's mind, under the general head of liberty.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: No man ever distinguished himself who could not bear to be laughed at. No man ever distinguished himself who could not bear to be laughed at.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Those who are animated by hope can perform what would seem impossibilities to those who Those who are animated by hope can perform what would seem impossibilities to those who are under the depressing influence of fear.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: We perfectly agreed in our ideas of traveling; we hurried from place to place as We perfectly agreed in our ideas of traveling; we hurried from place to place as fast as horses and wheels, and curses and guineas, could carry us.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: I ... practiced all the arts of apology, evasion, and invisibility, to which procrastinators must I ... practiced all the arts of apology, evasion, and invisibility, to which procrastinators must sooner or later be reduced.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: When one illusion vanishes, another shall appear, and, still leading me forward towards an horizon When one illusion vanishes, another shall appear, and, still leading me forward towards an horizon that retreats as I advance, the happy prospect of futurity shall vanish only with my existence.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Remember, we can judge better by the conduct of people towards others than by their Remember, we can judge better by the conduct of people towards others than by their manner towards ourselves.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Persons not habituated to reason often argue absurdly, because, from particular instances, they deduce general Persons not habituated to reason often argue absurdly, because, from particular instances, they deduce general conclusions, and extend the result of their limited experience of individuals indiscriminately to whole classes.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Those who have lived in a house with spoiled children must have a lively recollection 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.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: The bore is usually considered a harmless creature, or of that class of irrationa bipeds The bore is usually considered a harmless creature, or of that class of irrationa bipeds who hurt only themselves.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Our pleasures in literature do not, I think, decline with age; last 1st of January Our pleasures in literature do not, I think, decline with age; last 1st of January was my eighty-second birthday, and I think that I had as much enjoyment from books as I ever had in my life.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: Thady begins his memoirs of the Rackrent Family by dating MONDAY MORNING, because no great Thady begins his memoirs of the Rackrent Family by dating MONDAY MORNING, because no great undertaking can be auspiciously commenced in Ireland on any morning but MONDAY MORNING. 'Oh, please God we live till Monday morning, we'll set the slater to mend the roof of the house. On Monday morning we'll fall to, and cut the turf. On Monday morning we'll see and begin mowing. On Monday morning, please your honour, we'll begin and dig the potatoes,' etc.
All the intermediate days, between the making of such speeches and the ensuing Monday, are wasted: and when Monday morning comes, it is ten to one that the business is deferred to THE NEXT Monday morning. The Editor knew a gentleman, who, to counteract this prejudice, made his workmen and labourers begin all new pieces of work upon a Saturday.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: The labor of thinking was so great to me, that having once come to a The labor of thinking was so great to me, that having once come to a conclusion upon any subject, I would rather persist in it, right or wrong, than be at the trouble of going over the process again to revise and rectify my judgment.
Maria Edgeworth Sayings: The Irish sometimes make and keep a vow against whiskey; these vows are usually limited The Irish sometimes make and keep a vow against whiskey; these vows are usually limited to a short time.