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Samuel Richardson Quotes and Sayings

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There are men who think themselves too wise to be religious.
- Samuel Richardson

Would Alexander, madman as he was, have been so much a madman,
had it not been for Homer?
- Samuel Richardson

Women are always most observed when they seem themselves least to observe,
or to lay out for observation.
- Samuel Richardson

Humility is a grace that shines in a high condition but cannot,
equally, in a low one because a person in the latter is already,
perhaps, too much humbled.
- Samuel Richardson

 

Hope is the cordial that keeps life from stagnating.
- Samuel Richardson

As a child is indulged or checked in its early follies,
a ground is generally laid for the happiness or misery of the future man.
- Samuel Richardson

A husband's mother and his wife had generally better
be visitors than inmates.
- Samuel Richardson

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Those who will bear much, shall have much to bear.
- Samuel Richardson

Tutors who make youth learned do not always make them virtuous.
- Samuel Richardson

There would be no supporting life were we to feel quite
as poignantly for others as we do for ourselves.
- Samuel Richardson

There is a pride, a self-love, in human minds that
will seldom be kept so low as to make men and women
humbler than they ought to be.
- Samuel Richardson

The first reading of a Will, where a person dies worth anything considerable,
generally affords a true test of the relations' love to the deceased.
- Samuel Richardson

A man may keep a woman, but not his estate.
- Samuel Richardson

Marriage is the highest state of friendship.
If happy, it lessens our cares by dividing them,
at the same time that it doubles our pleasures by mutual participation.
- Samuel Richardson

Women who have had no lovers, or having had one,
two or three, have not found a husband,
have perhaps rather had a miss than a loss,
as men go.
- Samuel Richardson

We are all very ready to believe what we like.
- Samuel Richardson

Love gratified is love satisfied, and love satisfied is indifference begun.
- Samuel Richardson

A good man, though he will value his own countrymen,
yet will think as highly of the worthy men of every nation under the sun.
- Samuel Richardson

To be a clergyman, and all that is compassionate and virtuous,
ought to be the same thing.
- Samuel Richardson

Nothing dries sooner than tears.
- Samuel Richardson

A Stander-by is often a better judge of the game than those that play.
- Samuel Richardson

Women do not often fall in love with philosophers.
- Samuel Richardson

Men will bear many things from a kept mistress,
which they would not bear from a wife.
- Samuel Richardson

The little words in the Republic of Letters,
like the little folks in a nation, are the most useful and significant.
- Samuel Richardson

There hardly can be a greater difference between any two men,
than there too often is, between the same man,
a lover and a husband.
- Samuel Richardson

There is but one pride pardonable; that of being above
doing a base or dishonorable action.
- Samuel Richardson

A beautiful woman must expect to be more accountable for her steps,
than one less attractive.
- Samuel Richardson

People who act like angels ought to have angels to deal with.
- Samuel Richardson

Those we dislike can do nothing to please us.
- Samuel Richardson

All human excellence is but comparative.
There may be persons who excel us, as much as we fancy we excel the meanest.
- Samuel Richardson

Men generally are afraid of a wife who has more understanding than themselves.
- Samuel Richardson

From sixteen to twenty, all women, kept in humor by
their hopes and by their attractions,
appear to be good-natured.
- Samuel Richardson

People of little understanding are most apt to be angry
when their sense is called into question.
- Samuel Richardson

O!
what a Godlike Power is that of doing Good!
I envy the Rich and the Great for nothing else!
- Samuel Richardson

Sorrow makes an ugly face odious.
- Samuel Richardson

Let a man do what he will by a single woman,
the world is encouragingly apt to think Marriage a sufficient amends.
- Samuel Richardson

Vast is the field of Science.
The more a man knows, the more he will find he has to know.
- Samuel Richardson

The life of a good man is a continual warfare with his passions.
- Samuel Richardson

Great allowances ought to be made for the petulance
of persons laboring under ill-health.
- Samuel Richardson

It may be very generous in one person to offer what
it would be ungenerous in another to accept.
- Samuel Richardson

It is better to be thought perverse than insincere.
- Samuel Richardson

Women are so much in love with compliments that rather than want them,
they will compliment one another, yet mean no more by it than the men do.
- Samuel Richardson

Love before marriage is absolutely necessary.
- Samuel Richardson

For the human mind is seldom at stay:
If you do not grow better,
you will most undoubtedly grow worse.
- Samuel Richardson

All our pursuits, from childhood to manhood,
are only trifles of different sorts and sizes,
proportioned to our years and views.
- Samuel Richardson

Love will draw an elephant through a key-hole.
- Samuel Richardson

Married people should not be quick to hear what is
said by either when in ill humor.
- Samuel Richardson

Love is not a volunteer thing.
- Samuel Richardson

The pleasures of the mighty are obtained by the tears of the poor.
- Samuel Richardson

The World, thinking itself affronted by superior merit,
takes delight to bring it down to its own level.
- Samuel Richardson

It is much easier to find fault with others,
than to be faultless ourselves.
- Samuel Richardson

To what a bad choice is many a worthy woman betrayed,
by that false and inconsiderate notion,
That a reformed rake makes the best husband!
- Samuel Richardson

What we want to tell, we wish our friend to have curiosity to hear.
- Samuel Richardson

Those who can least bear a jest upon themselves,
will be most diverted with one passed on others.
- Samuel Richardson

Some children act as if they thought their parents had nothing to do,
but to see them established in the world and then quit it.
- Samuel Richardson

Quantity in food is more to be regarded than quality.
A full meal is a great enemy both to study and industry.
- Samuel Richardson

The Cause of Women is generally the Cause of Virtue.
- Samuel Richardson

The companion of an evening, and the companion for life,
require very different qualifications.
- Samuel Richardson

Where words are restrained, the eyes often talk a great deal.
- Samuel Richardson

Calamity is the test of integrity.
- Samuel Richardson

Nothing in human nature is so God-like as the disposition
to do good to our fellow-creatures.
- Samuel Richardson

Honeymoon lasts not nowadays above a fortnight.
- Samuel Richardson

Every scholar, I presume, is not, necessarily,
a man of sense.
- Samuel Richardson

Women love to be called cruel, even when they are kindest.
- Samuel Richardson

Parents sometimes make not those allowances for youth,
which, when young, they wished to be made for themselves.
- Samuel Richardson

Smatterers in learning are the most opinionated.
- Samuel Richardson

If the education and studies of children were suited
to their inclinations and capacities,
many would be made useful members of society that otherwise
would make no figure in it.
- Samuel Richardson

Prejudices in disfavor of a person fix deeper,
and are much more difficult to be removed,
than prejudices in favor.
- Samuel Richardson

A widow's refusal of a lover is seldom so explicit as to exclude hope.
- Samuel Richardson

The mind can be but full.
It will be as much filled with a small disagreeable occurrence,
having no other, as with a large one.
- Samuel Richardson

What likelihood is there of corrupting a man who has no ambition?
- Samuel Richardson


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