Hester Lynch Piozzi quotes

  • It is never for their wisdom that one loves the wisest.
    -- Hester Lynch Piozzi

    #Wisdom #Intelligence #One Love

  • ... one should know the value of Life better than to pout any part of it away.
    -- Hester Lynch Piozzi

    #Value Of Life #Should #Values

  • Friendship is far more delicate than love. Quarrels and fretful complaints are attractive in the last, offensive in the first. And the very things which heap fewel on the fire of ardent passion, choke and extinguish sober and true regard. On the other hand, time, which is sure to destroy that love of which half certainly depends on desire, is as sure to increase a friendship founded on talents, warm with esteem, and ambitious of success for the object of it.
    -- Hester Lynch Piozzi

    #Passion #Fire #Hands

  • Nothing is so fatiguing as the life of a wit ...
    -- Hester Lynch Piozzi

    #Wit

  • We look on those approaching the banks of a river all must cross, with ten times the interest they excited when dancing in the meadow.
    -- Hester Lynch Piozzi

    #Rivers #Dancing #Age

  • No companion however wise, no friend however useful, can be to me what my mother has been: her image will long pursue my fancy; her voice for ever hang in my ears: may her precepts but sink into my heart!
    -- Hester Lynch Piozzi

    #Wise #Mother #Heart

  • The pleasures of intimacy in friendship depend far more on external circumstances than people of a sentimental turn of mind are willing to concede; and when constant companionship ceases to suit the convenience of both parties, the chances are that it will be dropped on the first favourable opportunity.
    -- Hester Lynch Piozzi

    #Friendship #Party #Opportunity

  • If truth can be found in any sublunary science, numbers will produce it, for to that at last almost all other sciences refer for confirmation.
    -- Hester Lynch Piozzi

    #Data #Numbers #Lasts

  • [Samuel] Johnson's conversation was by much too strong for a person accustomed to obsequiousness and flattery; it was mustard in a young child's mouth!
    -- Hester Lynch Piozzi

    #Strong #Children #Mouths

  • I am perpetually bringing or losing babies, both very dreadful operations to me, and which tear mind and body both in pieces very cruelly.
    -- Hester Lynch Piozzi

    #Baby #Mind #Tears

  • I think character never changes; the Acorn becomes an Oak, which is very little like an Acorn to be sure, but it never becomes an Ash ...
    -- Hester Lynch Piozzi

    #Character #Thinking #Ashes

  • Tis never for their wisdom that one loves the wisest, or for their wit that one loves the wittiest; 'tis for benevolence and virtue and honest fondness one loves people.
    -- Hester Lynch Piozzi

    #Love #People #Honest

  • A physician can sometimes parry the scythe of death, but has no power over the sand in the hourglass.
    -- Hester Lynch Piozzi

    #Physicians #Scythes #Sometimes

  • Every one in this world has as much as they can do in caring for themselves, and few have leisure really to think of their neighbours distresses, however they may delight their tongues with talking of them.
    -- Hester Lynch Piozzi

    #Caring #Thinking #Talking

  • What signifies, says some one, giving halfpence to beggars? they only lay it out in gin or tobacco. "And why should they be denied such sweeteners of their existence (says Johnson)? it is surely very savage to refuse them every possible avenue to pleasure, reckoned too coarse for our own acceptance. Life is a pill which none of us can bear to swallow without gilding; yet for the poor we delight in stripping it still barer, and are not ashamed to shew even visible displeasure, if ever the bitter taste is taken from their mouths."
    -- Hester Lynch Piozzi

    #Taken #Acceptance #Giving

  • Friendship is far more delicate than love.
    -- Hester Lynch Piozzi

    #Delicate