Samuel Richardson Quotes

A widow's refusal of a lover is seldom so explicit as to exclude hope.
Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Anna Howe, in Clarissa, vol. 4, p. 170, AMS Press (1990).
To be a clergyman, and all that is compassionate and virtuous, ought to be the same thing.
Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1742). Pamela, in Pamela, vol. 3, p. 190.
Who ever was in fault, Self being judge?
Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Anna Howe, in Clarissa, vol. 1, p. 70, AMS Press (1990).
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.
Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Anna Howe, in Clarissa, vol. 8, p. 181, AMS Press (1990).
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.
Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1742). Pamela, in Pamela, vol. 4, p. 303.
All that hoops are good for is to clean dirty shoes and keep fellows at a distance.
Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Anna Howe, in Clarissa, vol. 2, p. 168, AMS Press (1990).
Shame is a fitter and generally a more effectual punishment for a child than beating.
Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1742). Pamela, in Pamela, vol. 4, p. 371.
A brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother.
Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Anna Howe, in Clarissa, vol. 2, p. 15, AMS Press (1990).
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.
Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1742). Pamela, in Pamela, vol. 4, p. 370.
Handsome husbands often make a wife's heart ache.
Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Anna Howe, in Clarissa, vol. 3, p. 172, AMS Press (1990).