Quotes by: Samuel Richardson
To be a clergyman, and all that is compassionate and virtuous, ought to be the same thing.
Married people should not be quick to hear what is said by either when in ill humor.
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.
The little words in the Republic of Letters, like the little folks in a nation, are the most useful and significant.
Women are always most observed when they seem themselves least to observe, or to lay out for observation.
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.
O! what a Godlike Power is that of doing Good! I envy the Rich and the Great for nothing else!
The companion of an evening, and the companion for life, require very different qualifications.
Necessity may well be called the mother of invention but calamity is the test of integrity.
Great allowances ought to be made for the petulance of persons laboring under ill-health.
Shame is a fitter and generally a more effectual punishment for a child than beating.
Nothing in human nature is so God-like as the disposition to do good to our fellow-creatures.
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.
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.
Men will bear many things from a kept mistress, which they would not bear from a wife.
Love gratified is love satisfied, and love satisfied is indifference begun.
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.
The difference in the education of men and women must give the former great advantages over the latter, even where geniuses are equal.