Quotation by Mary Wortley Montagu, Lady

Take back the beauty and wit you bestow upon me; leave me my own mediocrity of agreeableness and genius, but leave me also my sincerity, my constancy, and my plain dealing; 'tis all I have to recommend me to the esteem either of others or myself.
Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689–1762), British society figure, letter writer. letter, Aug. 21, 1709. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970).
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