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SAMUEL RICHARDSON
English novelist and printer
(1689 - 1761)
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A departure from the truth was hardly ever known to be a single one.
      - [Truth]

A fop takes great pains to hang out a sign, by his dress, of what he has within.
      - [Fops]

A man who flatters a woman hopes either to find her a fool or to make her one.
      - [Flattery]

A man who insults the modesty of a woman, as good as tells her that he has seen something in her conduct that warranted his presumption.
      - [Insult]

A prudent person, having to do with a designing one, will always distrust most when appearances are fairest.
      - [Vigilance]

Air and manners are more expressive than words.
      - [Manners]

An acknowledged love sanctifies every little freedom; and little freedoms beget great ones.
      - [Temptation]

An acquaintance with the muses, in the education of youth, contributes not a little to soften manners. It gives a delicate turn to the imagination and a polish to the mind.
      - [Education]

An honest heart is not to be trusted with itself in bad company.
      - [Temptation]

Beauty is an accidental and transient good.
      - [Beauty]

Calamity is the test of integrity.
      - [Calamities]

Chastity, like piety, is a uniform grace.
      - [Chastity]

Everything is pretty that is young.
      - [Youth]

Evil courses can yield pleasure no longer than while thought and reflection can be kept off.
      - [Sin]

Friendly satire may be compared to a fine lancet, which gently breathes a vein for health's sake.
      - [Satire]

He only who gave life has a power over it.
      - [Suicide]

Honesty is good sense, politeness, amiableness,--all in one.
      - [Honesty]

It is but shaping the bribe to the taste, and every one has his price.
      - [Avarice]

Men are less forgiving than women.
      - [Forgiveness]

Over-niceness may be under-niceness.
      - [Prudery]

People hardly ever do anything in anger, of which they do not repent.
      - [Anger]

Platonic love is platonic nonsense.
      - [Love]

Rakes are more suspicious than honest men.
      - [Suspicion]

Romances, in general are calculated rather to fire the imagination than to inform the judgment.
      - [Romance]

She who is more ashamed of dishonesty than of poverty will not be easily overcome.
      - [Virtue]


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