Quotations From SAMUEL RICHARDSON


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  • Reverence to a woman in courtship is less to be dispensed with, as, generally, there is but little of it shown afterwards.
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Clarissa, in Clarissa, vol. 1, p. 8, 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).
  • 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).

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  • 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).

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  • Hope is the cordial that keeps life from stagnating.
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Clarissa, in Clarissa, vol. 3, p. 266, AMS Press (1990).

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  • The unhappy never want enemies.
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Clarissa, in Clarissa, vol. 7, p. 74, AMS Press (1990).
  • We have nothing to do, but to choose what is right, to be steady in the pursuit of it, and leave the issue to Providence.
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Clarissa, in Clarissa, vol. 1, p. 128, AMS Press (1990).

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  • There is but one pride pardonable; that of being above doing a base or dishonorable action.
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Clarissa, in Clarissa, vol. 8, p. 198, AMS Press (1990).

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  • Quantity in food is more to be regarded than quality. A full meal is a great enemy both to study and industry.
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Clarissa, in Clarissa, vol. 8, p. 213, AMS Press (1990).

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  • Those we dislike can do nothing to please us.
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Clarissa, in Clarissa, vol. 1, p. 89, AMS Press (1990).
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