Samuel Richardson

(1689-1761 / Mackworth)

Samuel Richardson Quotes

  • ''Parents cannot expect advice to have the same force upon their children as experience has upon themselves.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Clarissa, in Clarissa, vol. 2, p. 179, AMS Press (1990).
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  • ''Twenty-four is a prudent age for women to marry at.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Sir Realigned Meredith, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 1, letter 9, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).
  • ''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 (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Sir Thomas Grandison, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 2, p. 170, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).
  • ''Those who will bear much, shall have much to bear.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Clarissa, in Clarissa, vol. 1, p. 126, AMS Press (1990).
  • ''It is better to be thought perverse than insincere.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Clarissa, in Clarissa, vol. 1, p. 318, AMS Press (1990).
  • ''A man may keep a woman, but not his estate.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Thomas Belton, in Clarissa, vol. 4, p. 131, AMS Press (1990).
  • ''I have my choice: who can wish for more? Free will enables us to do everything well while imposition makes a light burden heavy.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Clarissa, in Clarissa, vol. 8, p. 217, AMS Press (1990).
  • ''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 (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Clarissa, in Clarissa, vol. 3, p. 288, AMS Press (1990).
  • ''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 (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Clarissa, in Clarissa, vol. 1, p. 124, AMS Press (1990).
  • ''Nothing can be more wounding than a generous forgiveness.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Clarissa, in Clarissa, vol. 6, p. 382, AMS Press (1990).

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