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Richard Bentley Quotes


English critic
(1662 - 1742)

It is a maxim with me, that no man was ever written out of a reputation but by himself.
[Criticism]
 

The hatred of the vicious will do you less harm than their conversation.
[Vice]
 

When a great merchant of Liverpool was asked by what means he had contrived to realize the large fortune he possessed, his reply was, "By one article alone, in which thou mayest deal too, if thou pleasest - it is civility."