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Samuel Richardson

1750 portrait by Joseph Highmore
Born (1689-08-19)19 August 1689
Mackworth, Derbyshire, England
Died 4 July 1761(1761-07-04) (aged 71)
Parson’s Green, London, England
Occupation Writer, printer and publisher
Language English
Nationality English
Spouse Martha Wilde, Elizabeth Leake

Every scholar, I presume, is not, necessarily, a man of sense.
Those who have least to do are generally the most busy people in the world.
Samuel Richardson
There would be no supporting life were we to feel quite as poignantly for others as we do for ourselves.
Samuel Richardson
The plays and sports of children are as salutary to them as labor and work are to grown persons.
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
Those we dislike can do nothing to please us.
The World, thinking itself affronted by superior merit, takes delight to bring it down to its own level.
Samuel Richardson
Honeymoon lasts not nowadays above a fortnight.
A beautiful woman must expect to be more accountable for her steps, than one less attractive.
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
Prejudices in disfavor of a person fix deeper, and are much more difficult to be removed, than prejudices in favor.
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It is better to be thought perverse than insincere.
A beautiful woman must expect to be more accountable for her steps, than one less attractive.
Samuel Richardson
Parents sometimes make not those allowances for youth, which, when young, they wished to be made for themselves.
Samuel Richardson
Those who can least bear a jest upon themselves, will be most diverted with one passed on others.
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A Stander-by is often a better judge of the game than those that play.
What likelihood is there of corrupting a man who has no ambition?
People who act like angels ought to have angels to deal with.
From sixteen to twenty, all women, kept in humor by their hopes and by their attractions, appear to be good-natured.
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
For the human mind is seldom at stay: If you do not grow better, you will most undoubtedly grow worse.
Samuel Richardson
The laws were not made so much for the direction of good men, as to circumscribe the bad.
Samuel Richardson
Vast is the field of Science. The more a man knows, the more he will find he has to know.
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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.
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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!
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Handsome husbands often make a wife's heart ache.
Love will draw an elephant through a key-hole.
Sorrow makes an ugly face odious.
The life of a good man is a continual warfare with his passions.
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.
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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
Smatterers in learning are the most opinionated.
Would Alexander, madman as he was, have been so much a madman, had it not been for Homer?
Samuel Richardson
Marry first, and love will come after is a shocking assertion; since a thousand things may happen to make the state but barely tolerable, when it is entered into with mutual affection.
Samuel Richardson
A husband's mother and his wife had generally better be visitors than inmates.
Samuel Richardson
Tutors who make youth learned do not always make them virtuous.
Quantity in diet is more to be regarded than quality. A full meal is a great enemy both to study and industry.
Samuel Richardson
People of little understanding are most apt to be angry when their sense is called into question.
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Men generally are afraid of a wife who has more understanding than themselves.
Samuel Richardson
The Cause of Women is generally the Cause of Virtue.
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.
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Let a man do what he will by a single woman, the world is encouragingly apt to think Marriage a sufficient amends.
Samuel Richardson
Where words are restrained, the eyes often talk a great deal.
There is but one pride pardonable; that of being above doing a base or dishonorable action.
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There are men who think themselves too wise to be religious.
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.
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Hope is the cordial that keeps life from stagnating.
Women do not often fall in love with philosophers.
To be a clergyman, and all that is compassionate and virtuous, ought to be the same thing.
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Married people should not be quick to hear what is said by either when in ill humor.
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Those who will bear much, shall have much to bear.
The English, the plain English, of the politest address of a gentleman to a lady is, I am now, dear Madam, your humble servant: Pray be so good as to let me be your Lord and Master.
Samuel Richardson
The little words in the Republic of Letters, like the little folks in a nation, are the most useful and significant.
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Women are always most observed when they seem themselves least to observe, or to lay out for observation.
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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 love to be called cruel, even when they are kindest.
O! what a Godlike Power is that of doing Good! I envy the Rich and the Great for nothing else!
Samuel Richardson
The companion of an evening, and the companion for life, require very different qualifications.
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Necessity may well be called the mother of invention but calamity is the test of integrity.
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The pleasures of the mighty are obtained by the tears of the poor.
A man may keep a woman, but not his estate.
Love is not a volunteer thing.
Great allowances ought to be made for the petulance of persons laboring under ill-health.
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Shame is a fitter and generally a more effectual punishment for a child than beating.
Samuel Richardson
Nothing in human nature is so God-like as the disposition to do good to our fellow-creatures.
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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
Whenever we approve, we can find a hundred good reasons to justify our approbation. Whenever we dislike, we can find a thousand to justify our dislike.
Samuel Richardson
Men will bear many things from a kept mistress, which they would not bear from a wife.
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Love gratified is love satisfied, and love satisfied is indifference begun.
Samuel Richardson
What we want to tell, we wish our friend to have curiosity to hear.
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.
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The difference in the education of men and women must give the former great advantages over the latter, even where geniuses are equal.
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.
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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
It is much easier to find fault with others, than to be faultless ourselves.
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.
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Love before marriage is absolutely necessary.
Nothing dries sooner than tears.
A widow's refusal of a lover is seldom so explicit as to exclude hope.
Calamity is the test of integrity.
We are all very ready to believe what we like.
Every one, more or less, loves Power, yet those who most wish for it are seldom the fittest to be trusted with it.
Samuel Richardson
It may be very generous in one person to offer what it would be ungenerous in another to accept.
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