"Surely, 'tis one step towards acting well, to think worthily of our nature; and as in common life, the way to make a man honest, is, to suppose him so ... so here, to set some value upon ourselves, enables us to support the character ... of generosity and virtue."
"The truth and regularity of a character is not, in justice, to be looked upon as broken, from any one single act or omission whichmay seem a contradiction to it:Mthe best of men appear sometimes to be strange compounds of contradictory qualities."
"We often think ourselves inconsistent creatures, when we are the furthest from it, and all the variety of shapes and contradictoryappearances we put on, are in truth but so many different attempts to gratify the same governing appetite."
"As, therefore, we can have no dependence upon morality without religion;Mso, on the other hand, there is nothing better to be expected from religion without morality;Mnevertheless, 'tis no prodigy to see a man whose real moral character stands very low, who yet entertains the highest notion of himself, in the light of a religious man."
"In the tale proper--where there is no space for development of character or for great profusion and variety of incident--mere construction is, of course, far more imperatively demanded than in the novel."