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Where words are restrained, the eyes often talk a great deal.

Where words are restrained, the eyes often talk a great deal.

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.

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.

Love will draw an elephant through a key-hole. ---->>>

A beautiful woman must expect to be more accountable for her steps, than one less attractive. ---->>>

Calamity is the test of integrity. ---->>>

The companion of an evening, and the companion for life, require very different qualifications. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Honeymoon lasts not nowadays above a fortnight. ---->>>

Men will bear many things from a kept mistress, which they would not bear from a wife.

Men will bear many things from a kept mistress, which they would not bear from a wife.

It is much easier to find fault with others, than to be faultless ourselves. ---->>>

Handsome husbands often make a wife's heart ache. ---->>>

The life of a good man is a continual warfare with his passions. ---->>>

Necessity may well be called the mother of invention but calamity is the test of integrity. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

It is better to be thought perverse than insincere. ---->>>

The laws were not made so much for the direction of good men, as to circumscribe the bad. ---->>>

Nothing dries sooner than tears. ---->>>

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

The little words in the Republic of Letters, like the little folks in a nation, are the most useful and significant. ---->>>

Tutors who make youth learned do not always make them virtuous. ---->>>

People who act like angels ought to have angels to deal with. ---->>>

Prejudices in disfavor of a person fix deeper, and are much more difficult to be removed, than prejudices in favor. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

Women do not often fall in love with philosophers. ---->>>

Those we dislike can do nothing to please us. ---->>>

Every scholar, I presume, is not, necessarily, a man of sense. ---->>>

All human excellence is but comparative. There may be persons who excel us, as much as we fancy we excel the meanest. ---->>>

Sorrow makes an ugly face odious. ---->>>

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

A widow's refusal of a lover is seldom so explicit as to exclude hope. ---->>>

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

Hope is the cordial that keeps life from stagnating.

Hope is the cordial that keeps life from stagnating.

Love gratified is love satisfied, and love satisfied is indifference begun. ---->>>

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

Smatterers in learning are the most opinionated. ---->>>

Love before marriage is absolutely necessary. ---->>>

Love is not a volunteer thing. ---->>>

Married people should not be quick to hear what is said by either when in ill humor. ---->>>

We are all very ready to believe what we like. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Let a man do what he will by a single woman, the world is encouragingly apt to think Marriage a sufficient amends. ---->>>

Nothing in human nature is so God-like as the disposition to do good to our fellow-creatures. ---->>>

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! ---->>>

What we want to tell, we wish our friend to have curiosity to hear. ---->>>

All our pursuits, from childhood to manhood, are only trifles of different sorts and sizes, proportioned to our years and views. ---->>>

The Cause of Women is generally the Cause of Virtue. ---->>>

The World, thinking itself affronted by superior merit, takes delight to bring it down to its own level. ---->>>

There are men who think themselves too wise to be religious. ---->>>

There is but one pride pardonable; that of being above doing a base or dishonorable action. ---->>>

There would be no supporting life were we to feel quite as poignantly for others as we do for ourselves. ---->>>

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

Vast is the field of Science. The more a man knows, the more he will find he has to know. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

A Stander-by is often a better judge of the game than those that play. ---->>>

People of little understanding are most apt to be angry when their sense is called into question. ---->>>

Women love to be called cruel, even when they are kindest. ---->>>

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

From sixteen to twenty, all women, kept in humor by their hopes and by their attractions, appear to be good-natured. ---->>>

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

Quantity in diet is more to be regarded than quality. A full meal is a great enemy both to study and industry. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Those who can least bear a jest upon themselves, will be most diverted with one passed on others. ---->>>

A man may keep a woman, but not his estate. ---->>>

Great allowances ought to be made for the petulance of persons laboring under ill-health. ---->>>

It may be very generous in one person to offer what it would be ungenerous in another to accept. ---->>>

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

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

The difference in the education of men and women must give the former great advantages over the latter, even where geniuses are equal. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Those who will bear much, shall have much to bear. ---->>>

Women are always most observed when they seem themselves least to observe, or to lay out for observation. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>


Nationality: English
Born: August 19, 1689
Die: July 4, 1761
Occupation: Novelist

Samuel Richardson (19 August 1689 – 4 July 1761) was an 18th-century English writer and printer. He is best known for his three epistolary novels: Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded (1740), Clarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady (1748) and The History of Sir Charles Grandison (1753). Richardson was an established printer and publisher for most of his life and printed almost 500 different works, including journals and magazines (wikipedia)