Samuel Richardson

(1689-1761 / Mackworth)

Samuel Richardson Quotes

  • ''All human excellence is but comparative. There may be persons who excel us, as much as we fancy we excel the meanest.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Clarissa, in Clarissa, vol. 8, p. 198, AMS Press (1990).
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  • ''The pleasures of the mighty are obtained by the tears of the poor.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Clarissa, in Clarissa, vol. 2, p. 110, AMS Press (1990).
  • ''The life of a good man is a continual warfare with his passions.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Dr. Bartlett, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 3, letter 22, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).
  • ''Men generally are afraid of a wife who has more understanding than themselves.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Harriet Byron, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 1, letter 12, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).
  • ''The World, thinking itself affronted by superior merit, takes delight to bring it down to its own level.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Harriet Byron, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 1, letter 36, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).
  • ''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.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Harriet Byron, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 2, letter 2, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).
  • ''Good men must be affectionate men.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Harriet Byron, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 4, letter 2, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).
  • ''What we want to tell, we wish our friend to have curiosity to hear.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Harriet Byron, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 1, letter 11, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).
  • ''Every scholar, I presume, is not, necessarily, a man of sense.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Harriet Byron, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 1, letter 12, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).
  • ''Vast is the field of Science. The more a man knows, the more he will find he has to know.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Harriet Byron, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 1, letter 11, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).

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