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Samuel Richardson
August 19, 1689 - July 4, 1761
Nationality: English
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: English Novelist

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


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


Shame is a fitter and generally a more effectual punishment for a child than beating.


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.


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


Smatterers in learning are the most opinionated.


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


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


Women do not often fall in love with philosophers.


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.


The plays and sports of children are as salutary to them as labor and work are to grown persons.


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


Those who have least to do are generally the most busy people in the world.


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


The pleasures of the mighty are obtained by the tears of the poor.


Every one, more or less, loves Power, yet those who most wish for it are seldom the fittest to be trusted with it.


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


Honeymoon lasts not nowadays above a fortnight.


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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