Quotation by Mary Wortley Montagu, Lady

I have all my life been on my guard against the information conveyed by the sense of hearing—it being one of my earliest observations, the universal inclination of humankind is to be led by the ears, and I am sometimes apt to imagine that they are given to men as they are to pitchers, purposely that they may be carried about by them.
Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689–1762), British society figure, letter writer. Letter, March 1, 1752, to her daughter Lady Bute. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970).
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