Ann Radcliffe

Ann Radcliffe Quote – Poverty cannot deprive us of many consolations …

Be comforted, my dear sir; we shall not feel the want of those luxuries which others value so highly, since we never had a taste for them; and poverty cannot deprive us of many consolations.  It cannot rob us of the affection we have for each other, or degrade us in our own opinions, or in that of any person whose opinion we ought to value.

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Besides, my dear sir, poverty cannot deprive us of intellectual delights.  It cannot deprive you of the comfort of affording me examples of fortitude and benevolence, nor me of the delight of consoling a beloved parent.  It cannot deaden our taste for the grand and the beautiful, nor deny us the means of indulging it; for the scenes of nature – those sublime spectacles, so infinitely superior to all artificial luxuries! are open for the enjoyment of the poor as well as of the rich.  Of what, then, have we to complain, so long as we are not in want of necessaries? pleasures, such as wealth cannot buy will still be ours.  We retain, then, the sublime luxuries of nature, and lose only the frivolous ones of art.

- Ann Radcliffe1

  1. The Mysteries of Udolpho, pg. 57 []

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