Samuel Richardson Quotes

Samuel Richardson Quotes.

The life of a good man is a continual warfare with his

The life of a good man is a continual warfare with his passions.
Samuel Richardson
The wisest among us is a fool in some things.
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
Love before marriage is absolutely necessary.
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
Every scholar, I presume, is not, necessarily, a man of sense.
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
To be a clergyman, and all that is compassionate and virtuous, ought to be the same thing.
Samuel Richardson
Women are always most observed when they seem themselves least to observe, or to lay out for observation.
Samuel Richardson
What likelihood is there of corrupting a man who has no ambition?
Samuel Richardson
We are all very ready to believe what we like.
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
Nothing dries sooner than tears.
Samuel Richardson
A man may keep a woman, but not his estate.
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
Sorrow makes an ugly face odious.
Samuel Richardson
Love will draw an elephant through a key-hole.
Samuel Richardson
Those we dislike can do nothing to please us.
Samuel Richardson
Women do not often fall in love with philosophers.
Samuel Richardson
Those who will bear much, shall have much to bear.
Samuel Richardson
The laws were not made so much for the direction of good men, as to circumscribe the bad.
Samuel Richardson
Parents sometimes make not those allowances for youth, which, when young, they wished to be made for themselves.
Samuel Richardson
Men generally are afraid of a wife who has more understanding than themselves.
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
What we want to tell, we wish our friend to have curiosity to hear.
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
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
Vast is the field of Science. The more a man knows, the more he will find he has to know.
Samuel Richardson
The first vice of the first woman was curiosity, and it runs through the whole sex.
Samuel Richardson
Men will bear many things from a kept mistress, which they would not bear from a wife.
Samuel Richardson
There are men who think themselves too wise to be religious.
Samuel Richardson
The Cause of Women is generally the Cause of Virtue.
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
There would be no supporting life were we to feel quite as poignantly for others as we do for ourselves.
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
By my soul, I can neither eat, drink, nor sleep; nor, what’s still worse, love any woman in the world but her.
Samuel Richardson
Would Alexander, madman as he was, have been so much a madman, had it not been for Homer?
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
The wife of a self-admirer must expect a very cold and negligent husband.
Samuel Richardson
The plays and sports of children are as salutary to them as labor and work are to grown persons.
Samuel Richardson
A Stander-by is often a better judge of the game than those that play.
Samuel Richardson
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
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.
Samuel Richardson
Honeymoon lasts not nowadays above a fortnight.
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Shame is a fitter and generally a more effectual punishment for a child than beating.
Samuel Richardson
People of little understanding are most apt to be angry when their sense is called into question.
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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!
Samuel Richardson
Youth is rather to be pitied than envied by people in years since it is doomed to toil through the rugged road of life which the others have passed through, in search of happiness that is not to be met with in it and that, at the highest, can be compounded for only by the blessing of a contented mind.
Samuel Richardson
Whom we fear more than love, we are not far from hating.
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
People who act like angels ought to have angels to deal with.
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
Tutors who make youth learned do not always make them virtuous.
Samuel Richardson
It may be very generous in one person to offer what it would be ungenerous in another to accept.
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
There is but one pride pardonable; that of being above doing a base or dishonorable action.
Samuel Richardson
Those who have least to do are generally the most busy people in the world.
Samuel Richardson
Prejudices in disfavor of a person fix deeper, and are much more difficult to be removed, than prejudices in favor.
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
For the human mind is seldom at stay: If you do not grow better, you will most undoubtedly grow worse.
Samuel Richardson
A widow’s refusal of a lover is seldom so explicit as to exclude hope.
Samuel Richardson
Necessity may well be called the mother of invention but calamity is the test of integrity.
Samuel Richardson