S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.
Countess of Blessington
[An Irish lady, celebrated for her beauty and accomplishments; born 1789; on the death of her husband she removed to London, where her house was for many years the resort of literatis and European celebrities; died 1849.]
When the sun shines on you, you see your friends. It requires sunshine to be seen by them to advantage.
Like summer friends,
Flies of estate and sunneshine.
GEORGE HERBERT: The Answer.
Lady Blessington also said, Friends are the thermometers by which we may judge the temperature of our fortunes.
Prince Louis Napoleon, on his election to the presidency of the French Republic in 1849, did not invite Lady Blessington to the Tuileries, although he had often been entertained by her in London. Meeting her one day in the Champs Élysées, he asked if she expected to remain long in Paris (Comptez-vous rester ici longtemps?). To which her cool reply was, And you? (Et vous?)