Born Friday 19 August 1689, died Saturday 4 July 1761
Professions: Novelist, Writer
The English, the plain English, of the politest address of a gentleman to a lady is, I am now, dear Madam, your humble servant: Pray be so good as to let me be your Lord and Master.
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.
It may be very generous in one person to offer what it would be ungenerous in another to accept.
All our pursuits, from childhood to manhood, are only trifles of different sorts and sizes, proportioned to our years and views.
The first reading of a Will, where a person dies worth anything considerable, generally affords a true test of the relations' love to the deceased.
Honeymoon lasts not nowadays above a fortnight.
If the education and studies of children were suited to their inclinations and capacities, many would be made useful members of society that otherwise would make no figure in it.
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.
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.
The difference in the education of men and women must give the former great advantages over the latter, even where geniuses are equal.
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.
The mind can be but full. It will be as much filled with a small disagreeable occurrence, having no other, as with a large one.
Tutors who make youth learned do not always make them virtuous.
There is a pride, a self-love, in human minds that will seldom be kept so low as to make men and women humbler than they ought to be.
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.
Smatterers in learning are the most opinionated.
To what a bad choice is many a worthy woman betrayed, by that false and inconsiderate notion, That a reformed rake makes the best husband!
The plays and sports of children are as salutary to them as labor and work are to grown persons.
Quantity in food is more to be regarded than quality. A full meal is a great enemy both to study and industry.
From sixteen to twenty, all women, kept in humor by their hopes and by their attractions, appear to be good-natured.