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