Margaret Oliphant

Literary Birthday – 4 April – Margaret Oliphant

Margaret Oliphant was born 4 April 1828 and died 25 June 1897.


  1. Oh, never mind the fashion. When one has a style of one’s own, it is always twenty times better.
  2. I suppose every generation has a conceit of itself which elevates it, in its own opinion, above that which comes after it.
  3. He was highly spoken of, everybody knew; but nobody knew who had spoken highly of him.
  4. I scarcely remember any writer who has ever ventured to say that the half of the work of the world is actually accomplished by women; and very few husbands who would be otherwise than greatly startled and amazed, if not indignant, if not derisive, at the suggestion of such an idea as that the work of their wives was equal to their own.
  5. Imagination is the first faculty wanting in those that do harm to their kind.
  6. The ideal is the flower-garden of the mind, and very apt to run to weeds unless carefully tended.
  7. To have a man who can flirt is next thing to indispensable to a leader of society.
  8. Spring cold is like the poverty of a poor man who has had a fortune left him – better days are coming.
  9. It is so seldom in this world that things come just when they are wanted.
  10. There is nothing so costly as bargains.

Margaret Oliphant was a Scottish novelist and historical writer. She is the author of many novels, including Miss Marjoribanks, Hester and He That Will Not Marry. Her fictional works encompassed ‘domestic realism, the historical novel, and tales of the supernatural’.  (source)

Source for image: Hills & Saunders, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 4th April 2017