Samuel Richardson

(1689-1761 / Mackworth)

Samuel Richardson Quotes

  • ''Where words are restrained, the eyes often talk a great deal.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 5, p. 275, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).
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  • ''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 (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Charlotte Grandison, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 4, letter 17, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).
  • ''A good man will not engage even in a national cause, without examining the justice of it.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Sir Charles Grandison, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 2, letter 3, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).
  • ''Would Alexander, madman as he was, have been so much a madman, had it not been for Homer?''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Charlotte Grandison, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 6, letter 45, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).
  • ''Those who have least to do are generally the most busy people in the world.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Sir Charles Grandison, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 2, letter 3, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).
  • ''There would be no supporting life were we to feel quite as poignantly for others as we do for ourselves.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Charlotte Grandison, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 2, p. 164, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).
  • ''Marriage is a state that is attended with so much care and trouble, that it is a kind of faulty indulgence and selfishness to live single, in order to avoid the difficulties it is attended with.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Sir Charles Grandison, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 7, letter 27, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).
  • ''In all Works of This, and of the Dramatic Kind, STORY, or AMUSEMENT, should be considered as little more than the Vehicle to the more necessary INSTRUCTION.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1747). Clarissa, preface.
  • ''Married people should not be quick to hear what is said by either when in ill humor.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Sir Charles Grandison, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 4, letter 4, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).
  • ''What pity that Religion and Love, which heighten our relish for the things of both worlds, should ever run the human heart into enthusiasm, superstition, or uncharitableness!''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Sir Charles Grandison, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 3, letter 28, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).

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